Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What is "LA vs. WAR"?

Coming Sept. 9-11, 2011 to Downtown Los Angeles
Live Art at LA Beatdown @ the Music Box
Aug.5 promoting LA vs. War
A couple weekends ago, I was at the Music Box in Hollywood, and as my friend and I walked toward the venue, we noticed something exciting happening on the rooftop.  From below we could see colorful lights and interesting backdrops, and the mixed sounds of music and voices piqued our curiosity and beckoned us upward.  As it turns out, it was a live "street art" exhibit promoting the upcoming LA vs. War project happening September 9th-11th in downtown Los Angeles.  However, when we asked what "LA vs. War" was exactly, we received a less than stellar response, so I decided to do some research for myself and here's what I uncovered.

LA vs War: Art for Peace in the Hope Era is a fine art project created by John Carr, and this year, it will memorialize the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The show originated in Los Angeles in April 2008 as the Yo! Peace poster show, which lasted four days and hosted 6,000 attendees. John Carr, a peace-loving Los Angeles-based graphic and printmaking artist, curated the original show which is now a touring anti-war poster exhibition entitled "Yo! What Happened to Peace?"

This was done by an artist
named "Andy" at the
Music Box exhibit...
Interestingly enough, a few weeks
earlier I had photographed
and posted work I found in
downtown by the same artist!
This year's LA vs. War show will be held at the Vortex in downtown and will present prolific pro-peace/anti-war political artists in a multi-media exhibition chronicling creative responses to current military conflicts around the world, including drug wars and the War on Terror.

LA vs. War is defined as "part exhibition, part experience" and will showcase fine art, prints and posters, as well as interactive art demonstrations, workshops and "teach-ins." Exhibit-goers will have the opportunity to engage their own creative energy through activities like graffiti art, screen-printing and stenciling. You can even bring your own articles of clothing to print and customize. (This is a dream come true for someone like me who is always dying to reach out and touch the brushstrokes on canvas or the texture of a sculpture at a museum, but inevitably gets reprimanded by the curator for getting too close to the artwork!)
After the September 2011 show in Los Angeles, the exhibition will travel as "Vs. WAR" to other cities in the U.S. and abroad in the spirit of peace and creative collaboration.  For more information:

Making an artistic fashion statement

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