Nothing Scary Here: Great Art at MASque Attack

Great art at MASque Attack - All Photos: Jack Burke
Great art at MASque Attack – All Photos: Jack Burke

What happened on October 31st in Los Angeles? Well, okay, sure, Halloween.

But also on the calendar was MASque Attack, held at Temporary Space at 5522 Wilshire across from the El Rey. Part costume party – artists came in costume, part art-for-artists event – artists could display but not sell works, part fantastic visual scene, the Halloween edition of a MAS Attack event was curated and hosted by Colton Stenke, Kio Griffith, and Max Presneill. It was the ninth such event in two years.

MASque Attack hosts
MASque Attack hosts

According to Presneill, “This is a community building event, and we hold one every three months. There are three basic rules: no sales allowed; if you’re in the show you have to attend it; and the art must be hung salon style. Whether you’ve come from a large gallery or never have shown before, you need to hang your pieces yourself.”

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Costumed artist, vibrant creation – “A Young Girl’s Vanity” – layered with meaning, color, texture

Kristine Schomaker - artist with her work
Kristine Schomaker – artist with her work

The idea behind these art shows is to create an “informal fun mixer, and make artists know they’re part of a big circle. Make friends and connections in a chill atmosphere,” Presneill noted. “We do international artists as well as local artists, but we do not work commercial galleries at all.”

Artist Dani Dodge offers video Moving Perspective: eye glass lenses wash into the ocean, people drop lenses - what we see, we see in the motion of time.
Artist Dani Dodge offers the video Moving Perspective: eye glass lenses wash into the ocean, people drop lenses – what we see, we see in the motion of time.

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If you’re an artist or art lover, note the next scheduled locations for these MAS Attack events: San Diego Art Institute, Riverside, and Torrance Museum of Art by next fall.

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Chenhung Chen with her delicate, profound line drawing
Chenhung Chen with her delicate, shimmering work

And in the meantime, enjoy some of the great art that made Halloween a lot less of a fright fest in LA.

Gay Summer Sadow Rick is a black cat with a "purr-fect" sunset skyline
Gay Summer Sadow Rick is a black cat with a “purr-fect” sunset skyline

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Pat Gainor’s “Memories,” pulse vibrantly red.

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