(Like real, ‘capital A’ Artists)
Volunteer at the 4 day LA Art Show and leave your badge on the rest of the day while you visit the other booths. Shake their hand, and talk to them about how dope, dynamic & visionary their work is. Then, when they ask you if you’re showing too, mumble something about doodling on your receipts or choosing really good Instagram filters and run away.
Alright, but honestly, volunteering at the show was really awesome – and a great way for us common plebians to catch a glimpse into the art world. I worked with Chris Hayes (who is ah-mazing by the way) and greeted/directed traffic at the front entrance all Sunday morning. Sure my cheeks were a bit sore after the 4 hours, but it was a front row seat to people watch!
(Art Show people watching is now one of my favorite things. Attendants range from wealthied Euro families, to Hype Beast street kids, to Fashion Folk, to angsty art students. It can be a tad overwhelming, and of course once you’re inside, you’re too focused on the actual, you know, ART to look at the people blocking your view.)
After 2pm, armed with a free ticket & completely over-caffeinated, I was free to wander the show & soak up as much as I could in 3 hours. I revisited several galleries from Miami last month, met a few of the artists, and snapped a ton of photos.
Can you tell I have a thing for skulls?
These two pieces below were also from Mugello, by street artist Moncho1929. Contemporary & urbane pieces that pack in powerful social messages. Check out more of his work here. I’m obsessed with the bright color drips juxtaposed against Banksy-esque black & white screen prints.
I can’t wait for next year’s show, who’s coming with me??