Thursday, August 4, 2011

ROCKIN' 2011 - 20 years later - Art Exhibition

Saturday, August 27th 2011:

Los Angeles – CA, LoveGalo and KGB Studios are proud to present ROCKIN’ 2011 – 20 years later - An Art Exhibition and Tribute.  ROCKIN’ 2011 – 20 years later is a large-scale group exhibition curated by none other than Los Angeles and Mexico’s pioneering graffiti artist, Galo “Make” Canote, also known as LoveGalo and by associated curator and legendary graffiti artist, Oscar “BeskUno” Rivera.

It features over 30 internationally acclaimed artists: local and underground, legendary graffiti artists and well respected photographers.

The ROCKIN’ 91 piece was a memorable graffiti piece executed by legendary graffiti artists, Besk and Make, at the historic Belmont Tunnel Yard. The piece paid homage to all the pioneers of the graffiti art movement, honored those that paved the way and mindfully respected those that have also passed away. In 2001, Besk and Make teamed up once again at the Belmont Yard to execute their ROCKIN’ 01 piece which possessed the same theme and concept, and celebrated another 10 years of continual and significant contribution to the movement.

2011 marks their 20th year anniversary and ROCKIN’ 2011 will be an art exhibit that continues the same tradition as the first piece. It will also have a special emphasis on the vacant location, The Belmont Tunnel Yard, that served as a public street art gallery space where local graffiti artists, from throughout the U.S. and the world would gather and express themselves artistically - The Historic Belmont Tunnel.

ROCKIN’ 2011 will showcase art by legendary, pioneering and well-respected graffiti artists. In addition, photographers who have documented the graffiti art, lifestyle and history of the Belmont Tunnel will share the spotlight. A video ephemera by Mr RTD1, will also be provided for further historical context and information surrounding The Pacific Electric Railway’s Belmont Tunnel and its monumental contribution to the graffiti movement.
There will be an altar installation depicting the graffiti artist’s lifestyle by Ofelia Esparza & ZANlovesEastLA. Ofelia Esparza & ZANlovesEastLA are an esteemed team of artists highly noted for their stunningly beautiful and elaborate Dia de los Muertos and traditional altars.

Artists participating are:

Anger - Arco - Baba - Bash - BenBaller - Ben Esparza - Besk - Cale - Chubbs - Cre8 -
David "Some" Arquette - EarnOne - Eriberto Oriol - Fear - OG Graff - Hex - Just195 - Augustine Kofie – Mear - Mosh - Mr RTD1 - Ofelia Esparza & ZANlovesEastLA - Pyro - Relic - Risky – Sergio “Doc” Rueda - Shandu - Size - Skan - Skept - Spurn - Steve Grody - Trina Calderon - Unit - Volt - Vyal - Wisk - YemOne - Zuco - and many more plus special guests.

About the curator:
Galo “Make” Canote, AKA LoveGalo, is a Los Angeles born graffiti artist. He has gained international recognition and recently captivated the attention of famous urban art critics in Japan with his Karan Koron show. He’s been known to successfully curate art shows and exhibitions that are thought provoking, enriching, and controversial: “Too often many of the pioneers who have paved the way are often forgotten, overlooked or neglected. Never getting nor receiving the recognition and credit they deserve. This applies to anything: music, art, literature…but in this case, it’s graffiti art. A lot of these pioneers paved the way for many well-known artists and did it without a blueprint, the internet, documentaries or any other sources easily accessible today. My intention is to highlight and pay tribute to some of these artists”. He says about The ROCKIN' 2011 Art Exhbit.

About the associated curator:
Oscar “BeskUno” Rivera is a well-respected legendary graffiti artist. Known mainly for his unique and intricate letters, Besk has played a significant influence in the graffiti scene. Being amongst the first to be highly regarded as a letter master, he has become one of the few true graffiti artists in the scene that is looked up to and has inspired many.

About KGB LA Gallery:
KGB LA Gallery is an ever-evolving creative space. Their location is located in an untouched area of LA, right outside of Downtown and Chinatown. It has existed as a hidden gem and has served as the ideal location as an art gallery, music venue, photography studio, presentation area, and much more. The gallery is located at: 1640 North Spring Street Los Angeles CA 90012

The opening reception on Saturday - August 27th, 2011 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm will be filled with amazing art, music and an installation by Bash, Cale, Make, Size and Vyal.

A special musical performance by: Rakaa Iriscience (Dilated Peoples) and special guests.

Rockin' the turntables: DJ Sheak, DJ Dashone-WCA, DJ Ralph M (Funkdoobiest/KDAY) and DJ Hapa

There will be A VIP preview for artists, serious buyers and collectors on August 27th 2011 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the KGB Studios. Hor d’oeuvres provided by Mas Malo Restaurant’s very own - Chef Luna

You must RSVP for the private reception –
Email makeonestn [at] hotmail [com] or contact [at] kgbla [dot] com for more information.

Some of our very proud sponsors are: Asahi Beer, Mas/Mas Malo Restaurant, Art Primo, Jarritos, Epise Music, Sino Tequila, Noble Royalty and others.

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