Arts spotlight: Frank Cities Founder and President Alison Miller announced details today regarding an exhibition of original sculptural works and one night only performances by 13 talented and prominent Los Angeles- based visual artists.
This event will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at Imperial Art Studios in DTLA’s Arts District.
Frank LA will unveil the original works of art that were recently created for and published in the inaugural issue of the multi-format art publication, Frank LA.
Staged in an 8,000 square foot warehouse, Frank LA installations will also include a video wall highlighting the dramatic photographic works from issue No. 001 which include images from the first known fashion shoot in the history of Skid Row, and stunning black and white portraits of those currently experiencing homelessness on the streets of Los Angeles.
Inspired to create original works of art to express their individual perspectives on LA’s widely debated disparity between the “haves and the have nots”, a dichotomy between homelessness and wealth, Abel Alejandre, Edgar Arceneaux, Mattia Biagi, Ruben Esparza, Michelle Carla Handel, Dwyer Kilcollin, the artists of Lamp Community, Mimi Lauter, Lipschutz & Lipschutz, Danial Nord, Ry Rocklen, Anna Sew Hoy, Cole Sternberg and Jay Stuckey each contributed sculptures which will be auctioned to benefit Lamp Community, one the largest non-profit organizations in Skid Row providing housing, wellness and advocacy for those experiencing homelessness. Most of the artists will be in attendance and available during the evening to sign copies of FRANK LA, a limited edition hand-numbered 12″ x 16″ linen portfolio of 36 individual art prints.
“Lamp Community is thrilled to partner with this Frank Cities project to shed light on the effects of wealth disparity on our most vulnerable neighbors and to provide a space for Angelinos to examine how we can address this resource gap,” said Lamp Board Chair Gary Foster. Foster continues, “We are excited that Lamp’s Skid Row Arts Program members have this platform to show off their talents and their unique perspectives on this issue amidst the alarming increase of homelessness in our city.”
Paddle 8 will go live with the auction online commencing July 9th at 12:00PM/PST and bidding will end on July 24th at 11:00AM/PST, the day following the event. All proceeds will benefit Lamp Community and their arts program.
Frank LA founder Alison Miller notes, “The cultural, art, fashion and entertainment communities of Los Angeles have come together to directly support this event with their participation and gracious sponsorship. Miller continued, “We are grateful for their innovative ideas in experimental contexts to help shine a light on the vast chasm of life that’s unfolding in one of America’s greatest cities. A mere 9.5 miles away from each other lies the city’s wealthiest area and it’s most destitute section-Skid Row.”
The debut issue of Frank LA, “No Place Like Home”, Issue No. 001 was curated by an esteemed council including LAXART founder Lauri Firstenberg, Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) founder Shamim Momin, art critic/founder of Coagula Curatorial Journal & Gallery Mat Gleason, and independent writer/curator and founder of the art blog Another Righteous Transfer, Carol Cheh. Foreword was written by Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum.
Annual subscriptions beginning with Issue No. 001 are available for sale online at www.frankcities.com. The format for the first edition is a sequentially numbered set of 36, 12″ x 16″ art prints encased in a linen portfolio.
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