East of Eden is this weekend (look behind the scenes)…

East of Eden is THIS WEEKEND!!!
The first annual Multi-gallery exhibition celebrating the contributions of Eastside galleries

Thinkspace will be showing works from:
Elbow-Toe, Ekundayo, Turf One, Cherri Wood, Dennis Hayes IV, Tony Philippou

September 19 – 21, 2008
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027 (a couple blocks west of La Luz De Jesus)
Exhibit Web site: http://www.edenexhibition.com/

Participating Galleries Include:
La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Black Maria, drkrm Gallery, Gallery Revisited, Ghetto Gloss, Junc Gallery, Materials & Applications, Metro Gallery, Thinkspace, Bert Green Fine Art, Acuna Hansen, David Patton, Farmlab, & De Soto

Please note: All events are free to the public. The Saturday Cocktail Hour from 6:30-8 is by invitation only.

Friday, September 19
4:00-9:00 p.m. Artist Press preview. The public is invited to join us for a light Friday reception for the artists Hosted By deLAB from 7-9. (Note: Project Room and Guey Smart: Emerging Latino Artists Exhibition will not be open to the general public at this time.)

Saturday, September 20
12:00-5:30 Exhibition kicks into full swing with the full compliment of programs open to the public, including the Fresh Pressed Room and Guey Smart: Emerging Latino Artists Exhibition

6:30-8 MOCA Invitation Only Contemporaries Members Cocktail Hour

8pm-12am Multi gallery Gala open to all with full Catering and DJ

Sunday September 21
12:00- 5:00 Doors open to the public

2:00 Artist Talk: Learn more about the critical and creative process byparticipating artists and discover how Los Angeles disparate culturesinfluence production.

The surrounding area that makes up the Barnsdall Art Park is just stunning with views of the Hollywood Hills that stretch for miles (see above) and the grounds (see below) are sprawling and filled with beautiful sculptural works throughout. The park is also home to the famous Frank Loyd Wright Hollyhock House (http://www.hollyhockhouse.net/) which will also be open for tours this weekend.

The Los Angeles Municipal Gallery that is located within the art park is the home to East Of Eden and is just a beautiful complex, all 10,000 square feet of it. It just goes on and on and has beautiful 17′ ceilings and several smaller project rooms, all coming together to create an amazing viewing experience. The images above and below are of the first day of installation. We’ll be sharing a room with our friends over at Black Maria and the good folk from drkrm gallery.

It was a lil’ quiet the first day of installation, which was nice and allowed us to somewhat set the tone for our room. Also on hand was our good friend Leora Lutz of Gallery Revisited and one of her artists showing, Michael C. Hsiung, who was on hand doing a great mural installation… Michael is showing below ‘using’ his installation hahaha… the finished piece should be killer (we left before Michael was done) and Leora also had another artist coming in yesterday to do more work in her room – really looking forward to seeing how it turned out. The range of works on view will be really stunning and will go to show the strength and diversity of those represented in the exhibit.

Here’s a lil’ glimpse of our end of the room coming together (above). It really came out killer and we can’t wait for you all to check it out. Lil’ sneak at the new ones from Brooklyn-based artist Elbow-Toe can be seen below. Just killin’ it.

Just about finished and ready for you all to check it out – come on out, I myself can’t wait to see the rest of the exhibit, since many galleries have been bustlin’ away in the space for the past two days. If time permits, I’ll post a few add’l sneak peeks tomorrow (that is if I get back from the Futura show early enough!!! So stoked for that).

Lesley Reppeteaux puts the finishing touches on her install…

Tonight’s the big night! Both Lesley Reppeteaux and Zach Johnsen are in town from Portland for the opening reception, so be sure to say hey to them both if you swing through. Paul Barnes won’t be in from Scotland, but he’ll be here in spirit, and collectors are really reacting well to his works… can’t wait for all to see them in person.

Below are a few shots of Lesley putting the finishing touches on her sprawling 13′ tall mural that takes up our entire front entry installation area…

Above is the outside view that will great patrons this evening as they come by to enjoy this month’s shows… below, a lil’ add’l sneak peek at Zach Johnsen‘s massive install – well over 40 individual pieces make up the install. AMAZING. What a show – come on by tonight, we’ll be rolling ’till well past 11PM.

FUTURA preview recap…

FUTURA‘s “Strategic Synchronicity” show threw a surprise sneak peek show this eve during the monthly downtown Art Walk and drew in a curious crowd. Word should be spreading rather quickly on the location but they asked I not spread the word just yet, so keep your ear to the ground and watch the site (details at bottom of this post). Thursday evening’s sneak peek featured only a small portion of the show and the massive space was all but closed off, as much of the back was still under construction for the show and FUTURA was also still busy creating several works in the back (though out in NYC for the weekend, to return in a couple days to get back to the show)… next Thursday it all goes down. Below, peep some shots of the show…

The special sneak peek featured four works on paper exclusive to the evening… each measured about 14×18 and were nicely float mounted – going for a reasonable $2K each – not bad. Images of two of the special pointman works are featured below.

The exhibit features several video installations that are being put together by the one and only Stash – who was on hand fresh in from NYC and I was lucky enough to talk with the man for a bit and he even bombed my sketchbook, so that was worth the trip out to the sneak peek tonight for sure…

Check out www.madkrunk.com for full details and be sure to RSVP for the VIP opening on Thursday, Sept. 18th in downtown Los Angeles in the heart of gallery row.