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Free Art
June 10, 2009, 6:36 pm
Filed under: art, boredLA Rave, Chalk Rev, David Siquerios, Los Angeles, Ragazzi Room, SPARC
The Billboard Liberation Front subverts corporate "art" with public "vandalism" in LA

The Billboard Liberation Front subverts corporate "art" with public "vandalism" in LA

Visual culture overwhelms the public spaces of Los Angeles. Billboards, blimps, and the eyes of action stars in movie advertisements on buses follow us, and, often, move with us (quite literally, in the case of the buses). LA loves mass media, and mass media, with its giant, plastic, and mass produced heart, loves LA. Advertisements are the boring and expected elements of Los Angeles visual culture, however. The giant faces of celebrities and the catch-phrase catechisms of capitalism cover the sides of buildings like bird poop on a car that is already dirty, anyway. The public art that I wish to LA Rave about hides in plain sight amongst that commonplace glare of those friendly and invasive advertisements.

Since 1989 the city of Los Angeles has

Origins of Gay Rights Movement segment on The Great Wall of Los Angeles, along the Tujunga Flood Control Channel of the San Fernando Valley (there's a nice bike path there)

Origins of Gay Rights Movement segment on The Great Wall of Los Angeles, along the Tujunga Flood Control Channel of the San Fernando Valley (there's a nice bike path there)

commissioned over 150 public artworks. Before that, in 1976, SPARC, the S.ocial and P.ublic A.rt R.esource C.enter, started finding spaces, people, and time to create community murals that communicate a narrative of Los Angeles that is far more compelling than any $10 movie, or one million dollar movie poster. And even before that, in the 1930s, David Alfaro Siqueiros, of Los Tres Grandes, ‘the three great’ Mexican muralists (and communists…the best known, perhaps, is Diego Rivera), painted three murals in Los Angeles.

“La América Tropical”, 1932 detail by David Alfaro Siqueiros on Olvera St

“La América Tropical”, 1932 detail by David Alfaro Siqueiros on Olvera St

Siqueiros’ mural “Tropical America” still covers/makes up the space on the second floor of the Italian Hall on Olvera Street. Siqueiros’ use of public space to represent a critical view of the United States in relation to Latin America almost got him kicked out of the country (he had already been kicked out of Mexico). Controversy is key, and public art that challenges the mundane humdrum of city streets and understandings, keeps new images and ideas out on the visual culture playing field.

Los Souls Cafe Downtown

Los Souls Cafe Downtown

I’m not saying that all public art in Los Angeles challenges the status quo with subversive intentions.  I’m just so thrilled when I see some art/graffiti/murals that represent the thoughts and interests of somebody who’s not trying to get me to watch a TV show, buy a car, or care about either of those things.  Thank goodness for drawings I’ve never seen before, and even that mural of joggers on the 10 west leading out of Downtown that I’ve seen so many times.  I also like that creepy baby holding a ball on the Santa Ana Freeway.  If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about.

Other people, more into lists than I, have compiled routes and archives of some of the more monumental displays of public art in Los Angeles.  This website is thorough in regards to commissioned installations.  Here you can find information about the art on the purple line.  This is another website that talks about LA murals and their connection to Los Angeles culture and history.

Great Wall of Los Angeles

Great Wall of Los Angeles

Although I’m excited that these resources are available, and I’m sure you could spend some money buying guide books, coffee table books, or going on tours, the great part about the public art is that it’s everywhere.  It’s on the sides of buildings and freeways.  It’s in coffee shops, parks, and those electrical boxes that interrupt the sidewalks like metal bushes.  These images help me find my way around the city, or at least make getting lost much more interesting: past the giant guns that point in either direction, before the long orange face, if I see the caged monkey I’ve gone too far, ect.  So this is my first LA Rave: Public art!  It’s everywhere, it’s free, and anyone can participate.

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the action was underwater, the underwater was at the ragazzi room and bacaro LA
March 12, 2009, 9:30 am
Filed under: Alex Alkana, art, Chalk Rev, Friends

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Ben Koffman

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Angelica Bonomo

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Alex Alkana and Alex Pandel

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Leslie Flores and Alex Alkana

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Katie Raphael

“…grab your scuba and your swimming gear, what you say we get out of here, it’s an idea whose time has come, flippers and manatee they will be everyday vocabulary if you’d come on down a league or two with me, cause underwater’s where the action is, upstairs we’re really on the skids and in the blue light of the H20 you’re looking so fine oh oh, here’s something if you’re lonely you’ll fathom, the mermaids are sexy and if you want you can have them if you’d only come down below for a while, so take a dip take a swimming trip, take a dip take a swimming trip, take a dip take a swimming trip and the starfish reflected in your eyes, cause underwater’s where the action is…”

-Kelley Stoltz, Antique Glow



underwater is where the action is
February 10, 2009, 7:24 am
Filed under: Alex Alkana, art, my brother, Ragazzi Room

new theme for the ragazzi room’s next art show
in conjunction with
SCribes – free read and BoredLA.com

i hope people will paint some scary fish to hang up
or maybe some really friendly fish
or one of those bottom-of-the-sea vents that helps creatures in the ocean survive without sunlight
or a rotting humpback carcass – or not

send submissions to FreeArt.FreeCulture@gmail.com
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“Cepholopod” (fuck, i may have the title wrong.  sorry alex)
by Alex Alkana
up now, at the Ragazzi Room
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no nuns allowed
January 23, 2009, 9:18 am
Filed under: art, Michael Hussar, mummies, nuns, Ragazzi Room

i don’t understand why she thought the painting of the nun wasimg_2784 offensive because she was catholic. you’d think she’d be down for nuns if she were catholic. sure, the nun isn’t pretty, but i don’t think nuns are known to be pretty.

regardless of how illogical i believe this woman’s reaction to be, i removed the painting from the ragazzi room.   the nun is now in my room and can watch me while i sleep. her glowing blue eye (yes, only one) and pink eyelids are a bit creepy and looked better on the walls of the ragazzi room.  her thick smile is endearing, however, and we may become friends.

i’m going to put this bad boy back up for the Your Art Opening on the 31st.  Fo sho.

(painting by monique trudeau, “michael hussar copy self-portrait of hans memling adaptation – $175)



Free Read Art at the Ragazzi Room
January 21, 2009, 10:13 am
Filed under: art, Ragazzi Room

i could hang more art if i were taller

art shown includes: Toni Cannon



More Art at the Ragazzi Room
January 18, 2009, 9:34 am
Filed under: art, Ragazzi Room

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clockwise

The skull at the top – Ben Koffman $100

Nintendo – Jade Legrande

Amor – Lorna Alkana

Jade Legrande

Abstract – Andrea Zeppilli $100

A Yellow Tree – Andrew Zeppilli $100

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Spit it out – Andrea Zeppilli $100

Hannibal Lector – Monique Trudeau $85

Michael Hyssar copy self- portrait – Monique Trudeau $175

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let your tongue melt off your mouth – Andrea Zeppilli $100

I, living…breathing – Andrea Zeppilli $200

img_26949mm Hollow Point Butterflies – Arion Lapuz $350



Art Up at the Ragazzi Room
January 14, 2009, 4:30 am
Filed under: art, Friends

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