What happens cultural curator and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman and co-curated with entertainment entrepreneur and philanthropist Doug Davis join forces in a now-defunct karaoke club in Downtown Los Angeles? Work In Progress (W.I.P.), a new art marketplace, opening exclusively in downtown LA on Black Friday, November 27, 2015. W.I.P. provides unprecedented access to available works by a slate of rising contemporary artists including: POSE, REVOK, Richard Colman, Shawn Kolodny, Adam Wallacavage, Cleon Petersen, Tasya Van Ree and Sage Vaughn. Select prints by Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari will also be on display and available for purchase.
Unlike other galleries, once you buy a piece, you can take home with you, and new work will be added to replace it, making W.I.P. an an interactive art immersion and ever-changing work in progress in and of itself. Says Doug Davis,
What excites me the most about Work In Progress is that we have made fine art and an art marketplace more accessible to everyone. There will be no intimidating sales process that new buyers often face when going into a gallery for the first time. There is also NO buyer screening, no waiting lists, and no extended wait times to take home your purchases. The best part is, it’s just a fun way to end the year and bring people together around a few rock-star artists, and a bit of good old fashioned karaoke.
Yes, there is karaoake! W.I.P has created a functional karaoke room outfitted by artist Adam Wallacavage, which will be open to the public as part of the experience, and the whole venue has been transformed into a warren of pop-up galleries with each room devoted to one artist. Explains Gastman:
Typically, these artists have extensive waiting lists for their work. It could be months before collectors can access their work. Between us, Doug and I know an incredible number of talented contemporary artists and we wanted to do something a bit crazy to get their work in front of the people who want to see it. It’s our Christmas present to the world.
317 S. Boylston Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
W.I.P. opens to the public on Friday, November 27th; remains open through December 27th. Open Tuesday-Sunday 1-9 PM, with extended hours the week of Christmas.