Brewery Art Walk April 2019
I love this event. I keep thinking it is going to get boring but it never does. It is often the same artists but it is always a little different. Though I think that is the nature of art. We humans secretly love change, or I think artists do. The nature of expression may stylistically stay the same but to be the same is boring. I do not think the nature of life is to be bored. Every time I go I find the artists have found something new to express. And I also find new artists.
The first artist I discovered this weekend was one Leslie Lanxinger. Her work in charcoal is incredible. She takes photographs and then makes charcoal drawings from the images. Her work really does look like photographs. She also creates some images from the imagination as in the case of the beautiful unicorns.
The Brewery also has a space called Musician’s Loft Live. The music is described as “Live Acoustic Jukebox Set.” It It is. I found myself wanting to sing along. More information can be found at @musicansloft on twitter and instagram.
Some of the exhibits this time were on the adult side. I did check them out but I chose not to display things that might be construed as risque. The Brewery Art walk is for the most part family friendly so the space called “The Artery” has a warning “Mature Sign.”
Marshall Vanderhoof still has his photography studio. His work in landscape photography is breathtaking. He also had a series of black and white abstract architectural images on display I found rather interesting.
Next to Vanderhoof is architectural artist Teale Hatheway who has a line of textile designs called “Pearl & Maude.” Some of her new work reminds me of Japanese calligraphy though she told me there is no influence.
Next I saw the art work of Jill Sykes who shares her space with MLA Gallery which is a collection of fine art by Latin Americans. Jill Skyes makes beautiful paintings, prints and also works in architecture. Her work has a Van Gough quality but her palette is more pastel and subdued. It also has some Eastern quality Her subject matter is flowers and pants.
I did not get the individual names of the Latin American Artists at the MLA Gallery. However I did take a photo of some of the artists represented. The art of Latin America reflects politics and also some are very surreal. The colors are natural but in the warm range.
Emily Elisa Halpern makes beautiful abstract art. She did an exhibit called “Sin and Sorrow.” Her work this walk has taken an upbeat turn with vibrant colors and messages. The smaller images are actually partial reproductions of larger works that are often painted over and glazed with resin.
Andre Miripolsky is a celebrity art icon of the Brewery. His work is recognizable as cultural icons of Los Angeles and also the current political resistance movement. His art has a cartoon quality but also seems to draw from native Hispanic and native american influences.
Kevin Flint is the artist behind Dystopian Studios. Flint’s art is very utilitarian. He makes coffee crafes and even a small fridge. His exhibit this walk was called “GasMasks and SpaceGuns.” He also had on display an anti violence Easter Art of Bunnies on crosses which I thought was very interesting. I am secular but I can agree the sentiment because crucifix is not very peaceful or loving. They are called the “Golgatha Easter Playset.”
Wolfgang & Isabella are candle, greeting cards, and art makers. Their candles are elegant and smell of natural perfumes. This is probably the best smelling gallery in the Brewery. They ask to submit your favorite scents for the chance to win free candles. My favorite are Rhubarb Yuzu and Thai Lemongrass. On the walls were beautiful pieces of geometric abstract art.
Victoria Sebanz is a poet, photographer, author and mixed media artist. Some of her art I felt was to risque to show, but this one photograph caught my eye. Also she is working on a book and looking for assistance.
Wall Space Art is mixed media art which comments on the culture of today. I love the signage, taking street signs and changing the text to reflect much needed positive messages.
Next is MNKR Brand, new and vintage art and clothing. This is a t-shirt graphic art mecca.
Faktory Komy Art is a familiar gallery for me. It is also consistant. As in prior Brewery Walks, this gallery had on display skateboards made into works of art and what I call “donut” theme art. In addition they had metal work comprised of interesting jewelry with a Gothic street feel. Also California themed art.
Guillero Bert is Mixed media and laser cutting. Several of the pieces have subtle political messages. They also provide laser cutting services at client requests.
Hipcooks is a cooking class facility where one can learn the culinary arts. In front artist Patrick Haemmmerlein has become a staple presence. He is known for combining sheet music with artistic images into a multi media work.
Nicole Fournier uses photographs and a process involving beeswax to create photographic works that seem out of time and also have a charcoal feel the them. Some of the pieces are also mixed media.
Photographer Allan Amato shares a space with phographer Nathan Aardvark. However Aardvark works in expressive nudes and I chose not to share those on this site. Amato’s work is a bit gothic and has a sense of humor, they fit with Aardvarks work that also has a dark edge and blue toned.
Nicole Ohayon is the artist and teacher behind the jewelry of OStdioworks. She shared her personal art work, including beautiful empowering crowns. She teaches jewelry technique and stressed that the crowns are her art and so she does not teach how to make these items. She shared her space with nature photographer Yay Fuzzy.
Claudia Endler Designs makes very classic jewelry made from natural materials.
Rikki Niehaus is a portrait artist who takes commissions. He had some of his portraits on display.
Inside the Stronhold Climbing Gym there were also a few artisans on display including Knick Natts.
DreamLuxe is a staple of the Brewery and creates Batik Hand Painted Silk Scarves. I am vegan so I do not wear silk but I have to admit that the work done by DreamLuxe is very high quality and beautiful.
Photographer Ryan McIntosh shared his photographic and print work.
Next I visited Teresa Coates who creates quilts. This art form has been around for hundreds of years and is still alive in Los Angeles. Quilts can and have been used to make political statements and as narrative works telling stories.
Next door to Coates is Ando Pndlian who creates Laser inspired works, sculpture, product designs, and fine art. If you are looking for a wall clock, check these out. Ando Pndlian is part of a group called NOT REAL ART who believe that art is not for just the elite. I would agree. Though art does have form to be art. It is subjective and a very human activity. I think that if you cross a line into being inhumane with your art, it is not art. If you hurt people to make your art, it is not art. If you demoralize or abuse people with your art that is not art. If you call into question inhuman behavior with your art- that can be art. If you hurt children or demoralize women with your art, that is not art. Pndlian’s laser company is called Search&resQ.
I also wandered into an art loft that did not have a sign outside that it was open but the occupants invited me in. This is the Black Muse Exhibition, the brain child of LaNeisha Watson. It is geared toward telling the story of the Black Man. Unfortunately the space was dark so my photos are not as high a quality as I would like. I think if you click on the photo below you can read more about the project.
On a final note I have an interesting camera. I bought it used in 2007. It does not export pictures in the order I take them. Every time I write one of these large pieces I have to play a kind of memory game and I hope each time I do not mess up and put the wrong images with the wrong artist. I also at times take pictures and I either lost the artists card or forget which artist created the art. I have a photographic memory but I am also human and there is only so much information I can store in my brain in a given amount of time. For this walk the following images are a mystery to me. If you know the artist please let me know. Also if I messed up and put the wrong images with the wrong artist do not be a jerk and let me walk around with toilet paper stuck to my shoe. Peace and I hope we continue to be human and create beautiful things.
On a final note some mystery artist created this heart on the sidewalk of the brewery. Sending hearts to everyone.