Art is in bloom as the Downtown bursts forth with a host of new exhibitions from a diverse group of visionary creators.
Kicking off on Art Walk night, Metro Gallery welcomes Daily Bulletin columnist David Allen, who’ll be reading from his two books, Pomona A to Z and Getting Started, sharing experiences and anecdotes and answering questions from the audience. Allen will also be signing books, and light refreshments will be served.
LOFTon2nd presents “LOTUS Creative Experience,” curated by Disney design artist Christian Thompson and featuring work from Thompson and his colleagues that experiment with digital design, color, and photography that invites onlookers into the life of a not-so-glamorous creative world.
The Latino Art Museum opens two shows. The Main Salon presents the solo work of muralist and digital photographic artist Guillermo Bejarano, whose paintings are influenced by American Post-Expressionism and the Mexican School of Art (mural tradition) in Mexico City. Diving deep into abstraction, Bejarano’s paintings center on the transformation, transfiguring, and transporting of energy and beauty throughout the universe, a creation aspect that directly feeds into the Mayan philosophical concept about one’s own creativity or existence as manifested through art.
The Grand Salon West and Main Salon South feature exhibitions from Spain, as well as the “International Collection,” curated by Diana Moya and Gorgonio Sanjuan that presents the work of 50 artists from all over Europe.
57 Underground offers you a “Bail Out!!” – a group show featuring works from Jeanne Anderson, Karen Duckles, Georgia Garside, Susan Ilsey, Ken Johnson, Mervyn Seldon, Chris Toovey, DA Ward, Yi-li Chin Ward, and Peter Zou who use everything from found objects to Confucianism to re-imagined classic movie collages to tell the stories of primal nature, industrialized societies, and humanity.
Progress Gallery welcomes Joe Ded (Joe Walsh) for the solo show “Transmission 57,” a series of works that explore the concept that human bodies are the transmitters of signals from unknown dimensions. According to Ded, the number five symbolizes man and the number seven is the divine number of completeness. Ded’s work is a blend of street art, abstract expressionism and art deco styles, and keep the subject matter playful and filled with hints of pop culture references.
Also on display, the School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) presents their annual AP Visual and Digital Arts Exhibition, featuring works from 22 advanced-placement art students who have all been accepted into four-year colleges or private universities – half of them on scholarship.