“If art is not created, how can art change OUR world?”
A series by Artist Karrie Ross
Benefits of the Co-Op Gallery: One might not need to look too hard for a co-op gallery… it seems you can find them everywhere there are artists who are excited about the work they do and about sharing it with their community and the world. Sometimes it might not be a gallery but an organization of emerging and mid-career artists like the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA.org) or a local artist lofts community bi-yearly art show like the LA Brewery ArtWalkor a non-profit fund raising event like the yearly Venice ArtWalk and Auction, but the goal of getting art out into the public’s eyes, getting noticed and making a difference, is the same.
Here are the benefits I’ll be discussing in the series:
Gallery Space: this is the public space where the art is put on display.
Community: this is made up of the members of the gallery, the artists as well as the location public.
I had the pleasure to experience this installation of LED lighting by Eric Gradman of Virsix at the 2010 LA Brewery ArtWalk this April.
The Brewery is a colony of buildings filled with artist lofts ranging from condo like with outside spaces to surrounding an atrium area to 8″wide hallways shooting off from left to right into apartment-like spaces. If you’ve never taken the time to explore this event, I encourage you to make the time. It occurs twice a year in April and September.
Eric’s space was off one of the hallways…you walk in through a narrow hall and pow there it is… this expanse of LED lights that respond to your touch. I was mesmerized and had to play. Thank goodness for iphones or this photo would not have been taken as I forgot my regular camera… as taking photos of others work is usually not permitted.
Eric was in his element sitting silently in a chair next to a computer watching all the action his creation was getting. We spoke a little about his piece and a little about “GLOW“, an installation show put on by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department… an all night event and all about lights and interaction in art… Check it out this September 25th… 7pm to 7am… yep that’s all night.
Tell me about an experience you’ve had…or your thoughts….
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Karrie Ross, Los Angeles Artist