Recap: "LA Freewalls Inside" at LALA Gallery

By - Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Saturday night Daniel Lahoda opened the doors of his new contemporary art venue “LALA Gallery” to the public with a curatorial debut featuring a harem of prolific artists of the street persuasion.The founder of Jet Set Graffiti and the driving force behind the LA Freewalls project which is responsible for some of the Los Angeles Art Districts most profound mural installations from the likes of JR, Saber, Retna, Kenny Scharf, Craola, Anthony Lister, Cern, Roa, Kofie, Swoon, Ron English, How and Nosm, and Risk amongst others brought the movement indoors, appropriately calling the exhibition “LA Freewalls Inside”. Residing on the second floor of an old meat packing plant now known as Willow Studios, LALA Gallery is situated in an up and coming area in the Arts District right next to the LA river. Daniel Lahoda expressed that his vision is to feature works born of artists who were raised up painting the slant of the once graffiti blanketed Los Angeles landmark, artists who’s gallery works translate into an authentic representation of those roots, or are inspired by it at the least. A roster featuring heavy hitters such as Saber, Risk, Zes, Askew, Cern, Poesia, Daze, Mear, Push, Kofie, Swoon, How and Nosm, Ron English, Shepard Fairey and many others kicked off the initiation of LALA Gallery. A land slide opening for Lahoda, the gallery lost count after clocking some 1200 attendees.The generous showroom became filled literally to the roof with guests, overflowing onto a palatial rooftop patio that showcased several large murals painted by Mear, Cern, Askew and Lady Aiko amidst specatacular views of the LA river. The opening exhibition easily displayed 100 or so pieces of art by 31 different artists, an amalgamation of paint, sculpture and print within interior and exterior contexts. Other notable artists included in the exhibition were Chris Brand, Dee Dee Cheriel, Becca, Cryptik, Ludo, Pyro, Insa, Dan Witz, Jaybo Monk, Evan Skredestu, and Cyrcle. You can see the exhibition for yourself until June 8th, stay tuned for exclusive coverage of the newest edition to LA Freewalls, a Zes/Askew Collab set to take place this week in the heart of Los Angeles. Text: Kelso Photo: Sunny Phono

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