Whether it was your first time attending the LA Brewery art walk or you had been eagerly looking forward to walking into the studios, you undoubtedly left with more inspiration than you could process at a time.
Sad to say it was my first time attending, but happy to say it left quite an impression.
As with any other major event in Los Angeles, finding a parking space was a bit of a challenge, specially when your husband drives a huge Ram with a bulky grill. To my surprise we found the perfect spot tucked away near the UPS lot. While walking towards the brewery, we quickly realized how great of an inspiration this art walk is for visitors. We made our way into the first door we saw, next to a big horse made of some sort of wire mesh, at least that’s what we could see from afar. Immediately after walking in, the first thing I noticed about the artist we were invading was that her name was Magda! I’ve never met another Magda in my life so that was a pleasant surprise. After examining Audifred’s detailed prints and paintings, we understood what the studios were like. These artists live and play in these bright open spaces where they have the liberty to splash and spray wherever they please. It’s every artists dream come true. After examining her prints we continued on to join the crowd in the hot halls.
…art is a blessing of consciousness in which imagination and conceptualizations create a bonding of humanity between a painter and a viewer…- Magda Audifred
One thing that really stood out from a lot of the art work was that many of it was inspired or created as an effort to bring awareness to an issue. For example, we saw Scarred For Life art that was representative of people’s physical scars. Never before had I seen such beautiful reminders of the type of bodily injuries people have to overcome. The pieces were accompanied by the description of the person and the cause of the scar.
Another example is 10,000 Hearts 4 Gina which is an ongoing project and fund-raiser consisting of 12″ x 12″ heart paintings. Each one was painted in a different color scheme on different backgrounds. The artist, Patrick Guerre, started this project to bring awareness to RSD/CRPS and Scleroderma, illnesses which his wife Gina suffers from. You can read more about it by visiting his site: patrickguerre.com
Aside from meaningful paintings there were a wide variety of art forms. From remodeled kitchens to robots to life-size foosball, there was just too much to explore in one weekend.
Another amazing body of work we came across was Keith Collins‘ tapestry collection of famous artists. The pieces, which are made up of hundreds of individual cutouts, included big area rugs of Dr Dre, Lennon, Iron Man and perhaps my favorite was an intricate recreation of Basquiat. Collins compared his process to that of putting together a jigsaw puzzle taking months to complete.
It was fun to see a diverse community of creative minds living in such a historical place. I can only imagine the things they would create if they all collaborated for a cause.
My only regret for this event was not wearing sunblock and not arriving earlier. After a gloomy week in LA it was surprisingly hot, but then again… it is LA.