“Made in Los Angeles,” featuring over twenty artists from the Greater Los Angeles area, opened Saturday night at Smoking Mirrors during the Pomona Art Walk. The show reflects a strong urban sensibility and one that is distinctive to the Southland– sugar skulls, ghetto birds, sunsets, cityscapes, the LA River and LA graffiti, custom cars, curvaceous women, tattoos and Marilyn Monroe. Outside the gallery, metal flaked muscle cars and super styled low riders from the Usuals Car Club and the Tribe Car Club glistened under the streetlamps. Inside tracks were spinning, the energy was high, and the art glowed and glowered with Cholo cool and Chicano style. “Made in Los Angeles” showcases poignant and proud art, steeped in SoCal tradition with its roots in Aztec and Olmec mythologies, imbued with loss and love.
Through April 12, 2014, Call for regular gallery hours: 909-622-0948.
Top photo: Krown 187, Lost Aztlan
Kitore, The Wise Dead
Paul Barrientos, Viva la Revolucion (top). Takashi Kikushi, Rest in Peace Hugo (left) and Gypsy Rose (right)
Espi, Force of Nature
Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River
Detail, Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River
Ricardo Estrada, Tlaloc
Noah “Kast” Teran, Made in Los #4
Lucky Hellcat, La Reina de Los Angeles (top). D.A. Designs, Lost Angeles (below)
Mr. Rhythm, 2 Live and Die in LA
Ed Gutter, Sacred Diamond