Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Weekend Guide - Sunday 6/07/09

Mid-City Arts is proud to present a live painting event and exhibit opening featuring two of Los Angeles’ most respected graffiti artists: Retna and The Mac. The opening event takes place Sunday June 7th 12pm – 6pm at 33Third. The art exhibit will be on display in the adjoining Mid-City Arts gallery, which recently hosted the first ever gallery exhibit from Chaka, LA’s most infamous graffiti writer.

The new exhibit from Retna and The Mac will featured a large-scale indoor mural installation in addition to smaller pieces. Retna says that the show “will be representative of the remembrance of growing up as a youth.” They will aim to re-enact “the trials & triumphs of pursuing an art form that you have all this passion for, but yet angers all these people. Just kind of showing the 2 different sides to it.” This is a topic near and dear to the artists’ hearts, echoing sentiments shared by many of today’s successful artists who have transitioned from graffiti to legitimate street art. “This is where we came from. We came from being these street kids. We wanted to show that you can keep going,” explains Retna. “It's a beautiful thing to be a part of a culture like this that has spread throughout the world and this would be our way of giving back to an area, a city, a community that was the beginning of my career (Mid-City Area of Los Angeles). Those blocks and corners were where I was given the opportunity to do my art and was shown a lot of support by the community. Communities like these are where we come from and it feels good to give something back to the future generation of kids doing this.”

Weekend Guide - Saturday 6/06/09

“A tribute to the birthplace of Los Angeles Graffiti Art”
Opening Reception on June 6th, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm

Crewest Gallery is proud to announce their upcoming graffiti art exhibition The Legendary Belmont Tunnel, a curation by Carlos Marquez. With the influx of Hip Hop culture from the East Coast in the early 1980’s, the graffiti movement began to take shape in Los Angeles. Young graffiti artists began searching for their own voice and spaces to create. One space that became crucial to that development was the Belmont Tunnel. Due to its central location in Downtown LA and open layout surrounded with massive walls, it quickly became the city’s most popular urban canvas. Over the next 20+ years, Belmont became a meeting place for hundreds of developing graffiti artists to hone their craft, settle their differences through graff battles, and pass on codes of ethics to the next generation. Although the tunnel no longer exists and has now been turned into The Belmont Station apartments, the impact it had on the development of Los Angeles graffiti art will not be forgotten.

This exhibition will feature paintings, prints and giclees by the following exhibiting Legendary LA Artists: Acme, Aloy, Antonio Pelayo, Axis, BaBa, Besk, Bumper, Cab, Cale, Charlie, Cre8, Dash, Danny D, Defer, Duster, Earnone, Elser, Eriberto Oriol, Fearo, Fever, Frame, Frank Martinez, Gabe, Genius, Ghostone, Gilone, Graf One, Grande, Hex, Hyde, Jero, Jiro, Kopy, Make, Mandoe, Man One, Mosh, Nuke, OG Abel, Omega, Pale, Panic, Relax, Relic, Retna, Rickone, Risky, Ruets, Saber, Sacred194, Shandu, Siner, Size, Skept, Skyone, Sleez, Swan, Teler, Volt, Vox, Vyal, Wisk, Zender…and others


6009 Washington Blvd Culver City CA 90232
Saturday, June 06, 2009 At 07:00 PM
Kinsey/DesForges is pleased to present Los Angeles-based artist Cole Sternberg with his first solo exhibition at the gallery. He will be showing all new paintings on canvas. The show will open on June 6th with an artist’s reception from 7-10pm and continue through July 11th, 2009.

Saturday, June 06 2009, 7:00pm - 12:00am

Synchronicity Space is pleased to present “The Enigmatic Shadow,” a group art show focused on the metaphorical and literal expressions of negative space. Negative space is the empty area between representational elements, comprised of shapes that viewers often tend to overlook. In “The Enigmatic Shadow,” each artist visually plays on this dichotomy inherent in a representational image. Some artists deal with absolutes, juxtaposing positive and negative forms in such a way that they seemingly pulsate; others tackle the theme metaphorically, exploring the different realms negative space inhabits. They remind us that the role of negative space may not be a black and white proposition; these artists unify opposing forces within a single piece. “The Enigmatic Shadow” guarantees to push negative space far beyond the core fundamentals, utilizing it in ways both meaningful and engaging.
Artists include: Joseph Buzzell, Colin Chillag, Ryan Travis Christian, Mark Hesterlee, Zachary Rossman, Geoffrey Todd Smith
The opening reception for “The Enigmatic Shadow” is 7pm – 12am, Saturday, May 30th.
The exhibition will remain on display until June 27th.
Synchronicity Space is located at 4306 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029.
For more information visit

Weekend Guide - Friday 6/5/09

June Group Show featuring;
Mark BryanDaniel ElsonKrystopher SappMagda TrzaskiJune 5 - 28, 2009
Artist reception: Friday, June 5, 2009 ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027323-666-7667 Fax: 323-663-0243
Online press release with images:


805 e. 7th st. Los Angeles, CA 90813
Jeffrey James Mohr presents new sculptural works at Porter Gallery on June 5, 2009 from 8 till late. works include miniature ballistic gel quonset huts, drawings made with bb guns, and large wall hanging wood sculptures.

Special musical guests: LEARNING MUSICIf you don't know learning music is an LA-based project that produces an album each month for their subscribers.find thier tunes here: Porter Gallery here: art work samples here:

Weekend Guide - Thursday 6/04/09

Thursday, June 04 2009, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: 3485 University Ave, Riverside, CA
Inland Empire based artist Matthew Montecino returns with his long awaited follow up to his Harsh Reality exhibit with "Reality Strikes Back". A colorful look into the relationship between body, mind and material coping with the trials and torments of everyday existence. Come witness these bold new paintings explode on their wooden canvas influenced by comics, graff, sk8, and portraiture.

An Installation and Other Moments by Know Hope
Opening reception: Thursday, June 4th 2009 / 7.00pm – 10.00pm
"the times won’t save you(this rain smells of memory)"
LOCATION: 1257 N. La Brea AvenueW. Hollywood CA 90038
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The exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, July 2 2009 from 1.00pm - 7.00pm.

30,000 paper raindrops. 40,000 feet of fishing twine. 2,500 fishing weights. Hundreds of sheets of cardboard fashioned into miniature works of art and life-size cut-out characters. Incorporating all of the above ingredients and more for his debut Los Angeles solo show at Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art on June 4th, 2009, Israeli artist Know Hope invites you to literally step inside one of his artworks for a visual experience unlike any you have ever encountered and one you will never forget.

“This exhibition holds nothing but a reflection of where we are now, and offers us nothing but the suggestion of adaptation and (re)adjustment to the current tides. This is a binding burden, and we're all in this together.” – Know Hope

Know Hope will be in attendance at the opening reception of the times won’t save you (this rain smells of memory) on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 from 7.00pm – 10.00pm. The exhibition will be open for viewing through Thursday, July 2nd 2009 from 1.00pm -7.00pm.
Please contact to preview available work.
About The Artist:
Know Hope was born in California and currently resides in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has worked in the streets for several years and participated in exhibitions in Israel, UK, Norway, Italy, Canada, and the US. “I hope to move heavy hearts at least one inch to the side by confessing that I'm petrified and secretly in love with the world.”