1. Urban Lotus; 417 Wall street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This gallery opened up in the summer of 2015 with its debut show featuring the artistic works of Jasser Membreno; Jasser Membreno Website. This show featured Jasser's surreal yet awe inspiring art on display and a television with his animated e-book; The Collection of "Thoughts" (Pensamientos) for everyone to view as well. The latest artist now on display at Urban Lotus is the watercolors of Victoria Hunt-Finlan. Victoria's watercolors range from showcasing the beauty of a voluptuous female body to abstract to yonic. The artistic works that are chosen to be featured at Urban Lotus are talented at being so extremely detailed that the viewer is mesmerized by the amount of time that one can view the art while noticing something new every minute. The Urban Lotus space is intimate and small but perfect for encapsulating exquisite art that is best viewed in silent solitude versus crowds hovering around. And during the shows and events you can mingle with other art enthusiasts on the rooftop featuring an amazing view of downtown Los Angeles, drinks, music, and vendors that are selectively chosen based on the artist. If you are interested in scheduling private viewings of the art on display or future events you can find Urban Lotus online at Urban Lotus Facebook or Urban Lotus Instagram Come see why the name Urban Lotus perfectly fits the art and ambiance of this space.
You may have seen or heard of the amazing collection of Taschen published art books that are for sale at this Los Angeles gallery and many eclectic bookstores around the world. The show that was thankfully extended due to its popularity, Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust. The of Rise of David Bowie & Co., to October 30th, 2015 is a display of nostalgia that you don't want to miss! Listening to "Space Oddity" playing in the background while peering into the history of David Bowie's transformation and trust of Mick Rock to not only photograph his stylistic planned events but his socializing with Iggy Pop, Queen, and Lou Reed is a trip that I didn't want to end. A historic timeline mapping out the life events of both Mick Rock and David Bowie are center stage for all the fans to read as well as original framed photos on the walls, photo-book, and signed prints to purchase. David Bowie quotes, "Mick sees the way I see myself". It is obvious in Mick's work that the teamwork between them is magical, destined, and transcendental. "Initially I was inspired by his music, and then I was fascinated by his aura. I felt hypnotized by all the mutating and shifting around. In truth the persona interested me more than the personality, coupled with the naked ambition." stated Mick Rock when asked what he found so appealing about David Bowie. Looking at Mick Rock's photos while listening to David Bowie is an inspiration to any artist that is questioning their inner calling to an artistic medium that bridges the gap of time and space.
When I attend the downtown Los Angeles Thursday night art-walk (Downtown Art Walk ) I always stop into the Hive Gallery on Spring street. I love how it feels as if your walking into a never-ending hall of neo-pop modern art featuring many different local artists. There is also an artist made items gift store with items under $50 towards the entrance/exit of the gallery. The Hive Gallery’s website quotes, “ We seek to break down the quiet, traditional, art-on-white-walls, viewing experience and create a gallery atmosphere that is as equally alive as it’s artwork.” Openings usually include 5 featured artists, up to 100 group show artist, live painting, and more. The October 2015 featured artists are the movers and shakers of the animation industry. This exhibit is open to the public on Wednesday to Saturday from 1pm to 6pm and Sunday-Tuesday by appointment. This exhibit gives its viewers the chance to see the secret art that these artists began and continue doing in their spare time while working as model makers, directors, producers, character fabricators, stop motion animators, storyboard directors, and publishers of animation.