On September 21st 2012, TKU held its first charity art auction, at ArtShare in Downtown Los Angeles. The event drew over 1000 people and brought in over $10,000 for Karmablast, a non-profit group dedicated to building schools and monastaries for the Tibetan people. Currently, the group is working on a school for nomadic girls.
Upon arriving at the entrance to the large, multi-room ArtShare venue, we were taken aback by the 10 foot by 8 foot Buddah alter by Paul Chatam and Loren Crawford. Across from the alter, Hit and Run did live screen-printing (the T-shirts sold out) and further up the stairs before before the doors leading to the gallery was a friendly, well-stocked bar across from the event merchandise table.
The event install flowed well – especially if you followed the walls to your left upon entrance, around the main rooms – which ended in a section dedicated to prints and photography.
TKU’s first event featured live painting by Samir Arghandwall of 7th Letter and DJ sets by J. ROCC, TICK (Latch Brothers/Routines/Dragons), and Kiino Villand and Special Guests.
Event artists included Allison Torneros, Andrea Lahue, Angela Clayton, B+ (Mochilla), BD Miller, Birdman, Brenda Proudfoot, Casey Gray, Chuck P, Coop, Cyrcle, Daniel Jung, Dawn Wirth, Deedee Cheriel, Devin Liston, D Young V, E , Eddie Colla , Edition 100, Eric Pederson, Erwin Recinos, Esther Pearl Watson, Filthgrime, Gilbert Johnquest, Greg “Craola” Simkins,, Heather Hoxsey, Henry Rollins, Hugh Leeman, Jack Speciez, James Moreno, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jennifer Lafferty, John Carr, John Park, Kevin Rolly, Kiino Villand, Koffinz, Lantz Huston, Laura Shumate, Leba, Lydia Emily, Malleus, Margaret Leahy, Mark Todd, Michaela Devon Kary, Mike Maxwell, Miles Thompson, Paul Chatem, Rich DeSimone/Lucky Bunny, Risk, Sage Vaughn, SALTR, Samir ìEVOLî Arghandwall of Seventh Letter, Sean Cheetham, Sequoia Emmanuelle, Shaun Roberts, Shaunna Peterson, Shepard Fairey, Skyler Grey, Sophia Gasparian, Steven Ballinger, Tada Chae, Tara McPherson, Texas Tom Carr, Tim Kerr, Brendan Behan, Ruby Hurley, Medgar Evers, Tom Neely, Van Arno.
Many of the pieces were sold – those which were not will be available via on-line auction at http://www.thekarmaunderground.com. Stay tuned for more TKU benefit events!
All photographs by Lee Joseph