Join Cartwheel Art Tours on Saturday August 19th from 3:00pm – 4:30pm , for our free monthly neighborhood art tour series – “Meet the Artists of the Arts District.”
During this tour, we’ll meet artists Damon Martin, Anyes Galleani, and David Hollen. Cartwheel Art Tours founder and resident, Cindy Schwarzstein, who will be leading the tour, will also highlight the street art and graffiti, seen along the route, in addition to pointing out some of her favorite artisan businesses, as featured in the August 2017 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.
The “Meet the Artists of the Arts District” tour has been designed by Cindy, to coincide with the newly launched Arts District Daze, a monthly event in our neighborhood, hosted by the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association (LARABA). For more information on all of Saturday August 19th’s highlighted events, check out the complete Arts District Daze event listing compiled by Cartwheel Art Magazine here. In addition, sign up to subscribe to Cartwheel Art Magazine for monthly updates. Also, follow Arts District Daze on Facebook and Instagram.
Special Notes regarding the “Meet the Artists of the Arts District” Tour:
July’s Featured Artists:
Damon Martin, an artist and Downtown Los Angeles Arts District resident, has had work shown nationally, and internationally at Art Basel, Scope and The Armory Show.
For more information about Damon Martin, check out his website
Damon Martin painting his mural “Every Piece of Ivory Comes From a Dead Elephant
Anyes Galleani is an urban pop artist based in the Los Angeles Arts District.
A former fashion photographer and video director, Anyes, who was born and raised in Italy, has lived in the Arts District since the 90’s, using the streets as backdrops for her photographs and videos. Over the years, she has observed a multitude of street art come and go, becoming particularly fascinated by the way posters and graffiti wore out under the elements.
In 2011, as she was searching for a more organic method than traditional printing for her digital art, Anyes began using mixed media to recreate the look of weathered street art, transforming her images into one-of-a-kind original artwork and receiving a welcome response from collectors and corporate buyers.
Anyes Galleani Art Gallery
David Hollen was born in northeastern Wisconsin and studied art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Minnesota. He currently lives and works in his sculpture studio in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles, California with his husband Frank Theobald. David’s sculptural work involves fabrication of various ubiquitous materials including wood, steel, stainless steel cable and porcelain castings. David has designed and built art for theater groups, commercial establishments, public spaces and his work is held in the collection of several private collectors. His work has been shown at several Art Museums and Galleries in Southern California.
Artist Statement: My sculpture relies on an architectonic process to solicit a shared psychological landscape. Through fusing materials into, for example, grid structures, I mark the relationship between the natural world, or ‘house,’ we inhabit, and the more sublime sense of ‘home’ human activity that continually seeks to synthesize into a larger sublime gestalt. My process generates questions such as, how does a steel grid, almost militaristic in its rigidity, soften into protection when festooned with scores of hard, black porcelain-cast thorns? Or, how can something as basic as a flexed length of steel cable stand in for the morphogenesis of cellular structures? Through my work, these questions are addressed.
I’ve found that, through skillful manipulation, common materials such as hemp rope, steel wire, and concrete reinforcement rods have the most potential to carry my meaning clearly and without extraneous baggage because of their ubiquitous nature. And when I combine these everyday materials with porcelain into repetitive forms, the results are a series of sculptures ringing with a sturdy yet ethereal presence that delves into the forces of life itself.