Brewery October 2018 Part One
I did this walk a few months ago but I did not write about it. The featured image is the first piece of art I saw upon arriving to the Brewery. I was I think too depressed. I got attacked again on twitter. The election. I am not sure why I am trying anymore. I wanted to find a way to do something good. I wanted to not just be an object but a voice. I feel like we concentrate so much on money and profit we forget about more important things like feelings and being human.
I also am tired of boxes. I am not a box. No one is. No degree alone or experience defines the whole of a person. We each see the world through eyes that no one else can see through.
This walk was different than other Brewery Walks I had done in the past. It truly reflected the atmosphere of California and Los Angeles and America. When I first came to California no one here was into government or politics. It was kind of refreshing. Who you voted for did not matter. What you made and created and did, that is what mattered.
It seems that this walk was very Political and that people are becoming aware that perhaps years of ignoring politics and its importance has come to a head. We are in dire straights. The government is shut down and artists are hurting. I know not hopeful, but truth needs to be said to make things change for the better.
The most unusual part of the walk was the fact that a group was actually trying to register people to vote. It was called A Band of Voters. They had a room where you could vote on issues, and also write postcards. A map of the United States to put posts it notes on what issues mattered to you. Also computers to register participants. Kind of a great idea. The Band of Voters actually was a way to organize parties to get together to register and vote. Make voting a social event. They also showed a video of people talking about the importance of getting out to vote.
The walk was a bit more than politics. Patrick Guerre Arts is always hearts. You would be surprised by how you can take one iconic symbol and make a million different images with it. Guerre is a master. He has actually now created a non profit called KNEADING HOPE. It is a 501 (c) (3) designed to raise hope as am I, but I am one voice and not a non-profit so I can talk politics and have an ability to advocate on many levels. I used to leave my Artistic Hope cards with him. Check it out. I like that the HOPE is spreading. Apparently it is an umbrella for three different groups, 10,000 Hearts for GINA, RARE Diseases Artist Group, and Care givers to Sea. The second two projects appear not to have information yet as to their intent. 10,000 Heart is to raise awareness for 2 rare diseases Patrick Guerre’s wife suffers from. So each heart he creates is designed to give someone he cares about hope.
Burton Gray has expanded his space at the Walk. He used to have just one space, and now he has a work space on one level of the building and a studio gallery space on a second level. He makes animals and sad robots and fantasies. His art has a very Alice and Wonderland feel to it. Gray has written that it is an UGLY world. He is right. But what is worse is when people making beautiful things kill others dreams. I know. I have been abused repeatedly. We artists can not sink into the ugly ever. If we do, we lose humanity. It is art that makes us HUMAN. We create things and leave things that live beyond us. There are no other animals on the planet who really do that. Think about that. Jealousy is wasted. So one person has made pretty pictures, you can too but find your own voice.
Jane Szabo a photographer, I saw her work before. She had moved to a larger space for this walk. Good sign. This time she had some images from a show she actually did at LACMA called “Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice.” Some of her images are now in the permanent collection. She is a part of Los Angeles Art History.
Ceramic Artist Skyler Bolton has not changes spaces. He is also an instructor. His work is pretty consistent which says something about his ability in making ceramic wares.
On a different note from art, though creativity is involved. What we wear is a kind of art. The dog apparel company “Y Not Dog” also had a room at the Art Walk. They create apparel for Dogs. Yay and Cat, the creators of the line did it for LOVE. Yay’s Dog Fanya has cancer. Read the story as to why they created this adorable brand on their site and part of the money goes to dog loving non profits.
Todd Westover is another repeat offender of my blog and interest. His work is punctuated with sweeping brush strokes that emulate flowers.
Joyce Ayasta of Live your Dream Designs had her usual display of paper art which is just amazing. She shared her space with Beth Dubber photographer. These ladies are nice and talented. Dubber is a set photographer.
Jorin Bossen has expanded his work from cowboys to interesting portraits with a kind of Warhol flavor but pastel pallet.
Finally for this part, once again this event is huge and I will write some more about it. A taste of something new, Rob Silverman photography who takes pictures of Pez. Yep. These are Pez dispensers. Looking at something classic from a new perspective. Try it you may like it.