Photos by G. Various Artists.
Street art is hot right now and Los Angeles is the creative epicenter of a Renaissance period in the movement. The leading Los Angeles street art site Melrose and Fairfax are currently hosting their first curated exhibit entitled “What Graffiti Is To New York Street Art Is To Los Angeles” and it’s a must see. The exhibit is located at the Maximillian Gallery inside the Sunset Marquis hotel and some of the hottest names in street art are featured. You’ll see works from Alec Monopoly, Free Humanity, SmogCity, Bankrupt Slut, Gregory Siff, Homo Riot, 2wenty, Snyder, KH no. 7, Desire Obtain Cherish, Cyrcle & DD$, Bod Bod, DeeKay and Smear.
The art you’ll see is fantastic! I don’t even know where to begin trying to describe all the great works that are on display so let me just say that you must see this exhibit with your own eyes. When you see an electric guitar (different than the one in the first picture) that is completely covered with itty-bitty handcut stickers from the artist Bankrupt Slut, your mind will be blown (see picture below). Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing photos of art from all of these incredibly talented artists as I know it will not be possible for all of you to make it to Los Angeles in time to see this exhibit. Please be patient!
I was very fortunate enough to attend the opening night reception for “What Graffiti Is To New York Street Art Is To Los Angeles” and it was as epic as the art featured. Most of the artists were in attendance (as well as a bunch of undercover cops on the prowl to meet their monthly arrest quotas). To my knowledge, nobody was apprehended, but a lot of the art I saw was certainly arresting! There was so much love in the room, it was truly an amazing night. It was extra special for me to finally match faces to the art I’ve featured on this site from my trips to Los Angeles. Many people in attendance recognized me from this site and I felt so blessed to receive such great feedback from everyone. Thanks to everyone I talked to. Massive respect to all!
Don’t miss this exhibit!
“What Graffiti is to New York Street Art is to Los Angeles” is showing at the Maximillian Gallery at the Sunset Marquis Hotel (located at 1200 Alta Loma Road) in Los Angeles. The exhibit will run until June 30, 2011.