Above, the work of Sean Sobczak Sandman Creations.
As always, DTLA’s awesome and eclectic artists lofts, studios, and galleries – the Brewery – offered up a tremendous wealth of art to peruse at the April edition of their twice yearly art walk. Take a look at some of the artists and art – and if you missed it this spring, be sure to mark the walk on your calendar for October. So much to see, intimate conversations with artists, brilliant art work at reasonable prices. Hard to top that, but this being LA, we threw in a bright, sunny day, some gourmet food trucks, and beer. The Artwalk IPA was perfect.
Above and below, artist Samuelle Richardson with her wonderfully haunting “Ghost Dogs” sculptural installation. Richardson created these beautiful pieces especially for Art Walk.
A magical energy in these sculptures, which use fabric and wood to shape powerful and poignant beasts.
Chenhung Chen’s fluid, alive wire sculptures dance with kinetic energy, below.
The artist’s wall art, many utilizing staples, is a fresh take on abstract imagery, works that shine literally and figuratively.
Below, Glen Waggner creates intense and diminutive drawings that tell succinct, perfectly realized impressionistic stories. The prolific artist creates both figures and landscapes.
Kristine Augustyn, below, offers both lush abstracts and figurative pieces that edge into the surreal. Both Augustyn and Waggner showed works at the Brewery’s Jesus Wall Gallery.
Below, a work inspired by a trip to Disneyland.
Randi Hockett’s studio-grown crystals dazzle, below. These raw and glittering works offer a wonderful contrast of sharp crystal textures and the softness of the wax surfaces. This is work that is hard to look away from, which evoke the feminine and the fairy tale.
Kristine Schomaker, below, has reconstructed and reimagined her own work in an exhibition titled “An Ode to a Lost Love.” Tackling complex issues from body image to gender identity, her sculptural installation below explores both the personal and the universal – and still evoke a fantastical candy store.
Bill Leigh Brewer, below, creates photographic works that are painterly in style, mysterious and magical in perception.
From the California desert to the snowy hills of Vermont, Brewer fills his landscapes with a subtext of wonder and loss.
Winnie Brewer, below, has painted bees and other creatures great and small in exquisitely detailed works that glow with light and color.
Below, Tony Pinto, in residence at Shoebox Projects, created dimensional paintings and photographic portraits in his exhibition “Art Seen.” His ability to capture the innate essence of artists, writers, and gallerists in LA’s art scene is revealing and insightful.
While her studio was not open for art walk due to deadlines on completing works for other exhibitions, we had a sneak-peak at a piece currently on exhibit at Durden & Ray’s “Going Native” show from installation and sculptural artist Dani Dodge. Here a deeply layered image invites second, third, and many more looks beneath the surface.
Her work, above, is like accessing an archeological dig: there is so much going on beneath the surface, an intense energy breaking through.
Below, Ryan McIntosh and Kati Milan share studio space and a wealth of evocative art.
Artist Ted Meyer, below. A little bit Picasso, a little bit Modigliani in great faces, forms and familiars. These are portraits that tell a story worth “reading” often. Stylized, riveting, and exotic, Meyer’s figures also serve as a healing document for those affected by trauma.
Below the incredibly rich partnered work of Anna Stump and Daphne Hill blossoms with life – lush and sensual florals.
There is such an overflowing cornucopia of art at The Brewery that we could not do justice to all the artists here – or even those in this article. Find your own overflowing artistic joy at the next art walk come October.
- Genie Davis; Photos: Genie Davis