Looking to expand your artistic palette? Happening in NELA has you covered! These are exhibits in the area that are sure to peak your interest in the month of August. August Art Shows Los Angeles
“Pun Intended” by Em Steel at Showboat Gallery
In her first solo exhibit, Los Angeles based artist Em Steel is bringing her unique brand of illustrations to the Showboat Gallery in Highland Park. “Pun Intended” is a collection of hand-drawn portraits of pop culture figures. Steel’s drawings are stylized in a way that creates a light-hearted joke based on the name of the subject. Names from past and present are featured in these illustrations with titles like; “Kobe-Wan Kenobi,” “Let Them Eat Drake,” “Limp Bizkit N’ Gravy,” “Miley Virus,” and “Candy Warhol.”
Opening Reception: July 29th, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Location: 6152 York Blvd, 90042
“Worst of the Worst: A Todd Francis Art Retrospective” at Subliminal Projects
Renowned footwear brand Vans, and iconic skateboard brand Antihero are bringing their pop-up art gallery to Subliminal Projects in Echo Park. “Worst of the Worst” encompasses the work of artist and skateboard graphic designer Todd Francis. For over two decades, Francis has been a signature designer for Antihero, over 100 of those designs will be showcased here, along with over 50 original works as well.
Opening Reception: August 5th, 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Location: 1331 Sunset Blvd, 90026
“Faces in the Crowd,” Projections” and “SO YOU SAY YOU WANNA REVOLUTION?” at Avenue 50 Studio
Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park has partnered with the Arroyo Arts Collective to bring together a triple-threat of exhibitions launching August 12th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. With all three running through September 2nd.
Faces in the Crowd
Curated by Gwen Freeman, “Faces in the Crowd” is a collection of drawings by poet and painter Alden Marin. His lively, colorful and thought provoking works are meant to mimic the moment when a face or figure stands out amongst a crowd. Drawing in a graffiti-like manner, Marin paints on surfaces found in the street, along with more traditional canvases.
The show will also feature work by Diane Behrens, Vanessa Contreras, Barbara Ciolino, Gwen Freeman, Jeanie Frias, Yolanda Gonzalez, Cidne Hart, Kevin Haas, Heather Hoggan, Greg Jezewski, Bonnie Lambert, Stuart Rapeport, Connie Rohman, Roderick Smith, and Diane Williams.
Martin Bustamante brings his digitally created designs to the Avenue 50 Studio.
From the exhibit site: “As a consequence of going through life with a heart that is well protected, ones beliefs and assumptions are to be mistrusted. The mind, even though it is limitless in its creative power, cannot replace the heart. What one thinks or feels should be subject to a constant examination because the foundation of the thoughts and feelings are created by the mind whose sole purpose is to make sure that our physical body survives long enough to reproduce. In its desperate attempt to do this, it projects onto the world realities that might be founded on false hopes and desires.”
SO YOU WANNA REVOLUTION?
This exhibit is a collection of work by BetZ Ross, Connie Rohman and Alden Marin.
The works explore, “the ideals that this country was founded on. Including the separation of church and state, free speech, free press, the equality of all people, the right to vote, and the rule of law. These principles, once beacons to the rest of the world, are under vicious attack from cynical, corrupt and monied interests in America today.”
Avenue 50 Studio is located at 131 N Ave 50, 90042
Hours of Operation: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.