Los Angeles— This December, the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is pleased to welcome back the Krampus Run (Krampuslauf) to DTLA's Historic Core neighborhood. Now in its 5th year of production, the Krampus Run will include a parade, visits by St. Nicholas, and many playful yet well-deserved swattings! Attendees can enjoy the Krampus Run on Winston Street between Main and Los Angeles, which will be closed to vehicular traffic. Also participating on Art Walk night are Downtown favorites The Hive Gallery and the Spring Arts Collective. Look out for new exhibitions at The Main Museum as well as Figat7th via Arts Brookfield, and enjoy cardboard creations by Calder Greenwood at These Days, directly across the Krampus parade site.
Downtown Art Walk Lounge-
Also important to note is the change in location for the Downtown Art Walk Lounge. Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, located at 727 S Spring St., will be hosting us this month as we experiment with a new public outreach strategy aimed at connecting us with the greater Art Walk as a whole. Customary maps will be accessible at the gallery for those interested in a self-guided tour and members of our staff will be available to anyones questions!
We look forward to seeing you at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts next Thursday, December 14th from 6-10PM for a bit of creative conversation and holiday cheer!
Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts
727 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Los Angeles Krampus Run Krampuslauf 2017-
More of a interactive ruckus than orderly parade, this FREE event takes place on a closed-off block between Winston, Main and Los Angeles Street, where dozens of Krampuses will pursue those deserving the switch. While naughty hipsters can expect playful yet much-deserved swattings, children and more timid grown-ups will be protected by the benevolent St. Nicholas, overseeing festivities from a 19th-century-style steam car built and transported every to LA year by artist-engineer Kimric Smythe of Beast Bay Krampus.
At 9pm, an after party will be held at The Lash giving parade spectators an opportunity to rub elbows with the Krampuses and enjoy a bit of song from cabaret artist Christina Linhardt. Accompanying her will be musician and former clown/singing ringmaster for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Michael “Tuba” Heatheton.
Monumental Words — Words carry meaning, create communities, and shape culture. As the leading purveyor for public art initiatives in downtown Los Angeles, Arts Brookfield is bringing words to life with Monumental Words, an installation by artists Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg. First shown at the 2009 Burning Man Festival, Monumental Words, provides a simple yet artistic way of expressing and sharing positive vibes. Using words and symbols with instant universal meaning and broad appeal, the artists encourage social interaction through approachable, unconventional, and artistic means.
This display of internally lit, oversized sculptures will be on view at FIGat7th on Art Walk night from 4 to 11pm. Free and open to the public, Monumental Words will only be on display until Saturday, February 17, so take advantage of this ultimate holiday selfie moment now and help spread the love!
Opening Reception | Office Hours + In Focus: Rachel DuVall — In Focus will highlight the work of Rachel DuVall, a Los Angeles–based textile artist who participated in the inaugural iteration of Office Hours in November 2016. Works by DuVall will be on view this December Art Walk along with other works by participants of this year’s Office Hours program at The Main Museum.
Rachel DuVall is a Los Angeles–based textile artist who makes handwoven works. Her geometric compositions explore the grid structure inherent to weaving: the result of the warp and weft fibers intersecting. By using repetition of line and shape, her work investigates the relationship between the rigid framework required to produce a weaving and the flexible imperfect nature of the resulting material. Within this repetition, the subtlest differences become amplified, such as the variation in tension of each handwoven line or subtle color shifts achieved with hand-dyed fibers.
These Days — Years ago Calder Greenwood set out on a personal journey to test himself on the mean streets of Los Angeles—a Quest for Peril. That campaign has brought him to These Days, where, working with cardboard and papier mache and drawing from his vast knowledge of 1980’s Kung Fu and action films, Greenwood traces his odyssey with an interactive exhibition of varying scales. Street weapons have been rendered at a giant's size, while the street itself seems smaller than it should be, leaving the viewer somewhere in the middle.
Greenwood is a fabricator of props for motion pictures. He is fluent in Chinese and Japanese. He holds a green belt in Shotokan Karate, and once chased down a purse snatcher in the back alleys of Hong Kong. He hung a fifteen-foot papier mache black widow spider from downtown’s 6th Street bridge. These exploits have earned him the official title of “Bad Motherfucker” by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti. Check his show out on Art Walk night until 9pm at These Days.
December 9th «Robots and Unicorns» opening at The Hive Gallery — Always a crowd pleaser, The Hive Gallery and Studios is proud to present «Robots and Unicorns» this December 14th at the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk! Patrons to the event will enjoy art work by Rachel Silva, a Los Angeles-based artist who explores topics like anxiety, panic attacks, and other mental health issues through the use of vivid colors and bright floral patterns, and Ivonne Escoto, a special effects artist whose «Unicorn Project» brings together a medley of local creatives each responsible for customizing their own unicorn design.
Running December 9th to the 31st, with special extended hours on Art Walk night, this exhibition will conclude with a celebration of the 7th annual Robot Film Festival being hosted at The Hive on December 30th.
Spring Arts Collective —
In celebration of their 5 year anniversary, the Spring Arts Collective will be hosting a very special group show this Art Walk featuring the works of Liz Huston (Liz Huston Studio Shoppe), Dave Lovejoy (Lovejoy's Contraption Emporium), Robin Mcgeough (Dove Biscuit Studio), and Jena Preibe (FOLD Gallery). Located on the mezzanine floor of The Last Bookstore in DTLA, this celebratory event offers patrons an opportunity to shop small and support their local art community. A special kick off party on December 3rd will offer light food, beverages, and surprise limited edition gifts, so don't miss out!
ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ART WALK
The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk takes place on the second Thursday of each month, attracting over 12,000 attendees to the Historic Core. For 13 years, Art Walk remains the premier self-guided public art phenomenon in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing together art lovers, community members, and repeat visitors who collect art, dine, and shop at local businesses.