Down Town Art Walk May 2018 Surprise
According to the Downtown Art Walk Website there in no Art walk scheduled for May, but they pulled off one anyways. I only did a quick walk through it this month as I was recovering from a very bad sinus infection that I had for almost two weeks. It was subsiding and so I finally decided to have an Art Adventure. Held on May 10th, the Downtown Art walk has a different vibe then I experienced in the past. Normally it is a series of gallery openings, some food trucks, restaurants, bars and maybe a gathering of artists in a parking area. This May the streets were lined with Art Vendors in addition to the more internal organized spaces. I kind of suspect that this is due to the new laws making street vending legal. I would check though as too all legal issues before setting out to just set up a shop. Basically consult a lawyer or the city government.
This post is not going to be as organized as others I have written as I did not get the name of every street artist. There were too many. I did however, get the information for a few, and others you can can see their contact information in the images. @Fragilexcollective was one. Photographer Brandon Thomas who did the Yoga image is another. Kraig King creates vibrant Paintings. The vendors used some interesting mediums, like records. Other vendors had crochet hats and figures, stationary, J=jewelry, and traditional paintings. Colors were often bright and vibrant. There were also street paintings and illustrators drawing attendees, and creating live art. Of course there is also the very public art that is downtown every day.
My first stop of the night was the LAST BOOKSTORE. The upstairs houses a few small art galleries, in addition to an open room that for this walk had a work in process that seemed to be white lace on the wall. This Art Walk they also had a band playing whose lead singer was a bit like the poet version of Jim Morrison mashed with electronic music. The band is called Death Cat. The galleries upstairs included artists Liz Huston, Andrea Bogdan, Allison Bamcat, Gavin Bunner, Jian Lee, Elina Krasteva, and Jennifer Nguyen all part of the Fold Gallery art show upstairs at Last Bookstore.
The Art Walk Lounge, located at 634 S. Spring St, Los Angeles, California houses a kind of multimedia art gallery space and a spacious hallway that is often lined with artists and vendors. This time the main area hosts the local Street Artist Morley.
The Goria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery held a small selection of artists including painter Karen Hansen, musician painter Paul Kempe, and photographs by Josh Jennnings from his project “Earth With Man.”
My final stop was the HIVE Gallery, located at 729 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA. There are so many artists that I am not going to list them. In stead enjoy the images below. The Hive hosts artists from all over Los Angeles. Many have a Gothic Street tone, and they range from artists who live in the Brewery to artists from the West side.