Join Cindy Schwarzstein, founder of Cartwheel Art, for an immersive graffiti, street art, and dining experience taking place in the rapidly changing neighborhood of the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.
Graffiti Tour: Become familiar with the major forms of modern graffiti by a wide variety of graffiti “writers” as well as street art and some archival gang writing scribed into the sidewalks. Our guide will be Steve Grody, featured photographer in Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) groundbreaking “Art in the Streets” exhibition, and the author of Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art.
Some of the graffiti art we will be viewing is located on graffiti crew walls where they’ve been creating productions for years, but are not usually explored by those other than the graffiti community. During our exploration, we will meet Mr. Trixter, an artist who has been a staple in the world of graffiti, spreading his creative talents coast to coast while working in the fields of fashion, art, design film, and music. He will show us one of his crew’s mural productions and describe more about the work and what it’s like to be part of a graffiti crew.
Workshop: Step inside the studio of artist Nicholas Bonamy, who will take us through his creative process and then help us create our own artwork.
Dinner: We’ll end with a cooking presentation and gourmet dinner of food sourced from local and organic farms, prepared by Sarkis Vartanian of the Daily Dose Cafe. Our meal will be served in a unique setting where brick covers old railroad tracks, vines scale the walls, and strands of lights will illuminate our tables. While dining we will also be among graffiti artists and experts, who will guide us on practicing our own graffiti tags.