Goings On About Town (UPDATE: Event Coverage)

There are two really amazing events going on this weekend, both of which I would recommend. If you play your cards right, it shouldn’t cost more than fifteen bucks to attend both–talk about a recession-buster.

Harry Kim’s Dirty Hands, about the life and art of David Choe, will be showing from tomorrow, April 30th, through May 6th. They even have special early bird prices to save you even more dough. You can check out the film’s trailer here and follow this link to find out when and where it will be shown near you. It’s being put on by Upper Playground, so there should be a lot of other fun to be had in addition to the film.

Also not to be missed is a solo show by Kopye. His art can be seen primarily in the streets of his native Los Angeles as well as freight trains traveling through the U.S. and Canada. Now you’ll be able to see it up close and in a more relaxed environment. The event is being held this Saturday, May 1st at a DBRLA. For more info I would recommend going here.

Kopye’s work is very unconventional, even by graffiti standards. Primarily a portrait artist, he brings and embraces the raw filth that L.A. is too often known for, not to mention the added level of vulgarity and sex. For more of his work, go here. You can also check out a video of him painting some of the works you will see at the show here.

Both of these amazing artists embrace a uniquely darker side of life. If you’re one of our readers who comes here for the metal, I suggest you stay for the art. This kind of thing will be right up your ally, pinky promise.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you at at both of these events. If you can’t make it, come back here to get an update.


Kopye – Siempre Fuertre

Let’s set the scene.

Downtown Los Angeles, 9:45 pm. Driving slowly down a one-way street over Metro rails, all the windows are down and I’m scoping out the streets. It’s a little brisk, not so much as to see my breath. I re-read my directions, thinking “surely this can’t be right,” before I hear a slow, steady bass line and see faint light a block deeper into the industrial park. The bright letters in my mirror lighting my way: Los Angeles Colosseum.

Walking into DBRLA, the space initially felt like a big empty store. I later came to find out I was almost right: the space covers an up-and-coming printing company with some urban flare. Either way, Kopye did his best to cover nearly every inch. From the get-go, it was apparent that Kopye was not intent on just putting up some pieces; he wanted to meld more closely with the space itself. While there were a good number of really nice new works, the walls themselves were decorated to be a cohesive part of the presentation. And though it was rather grand in the beginning, continuing around the space made the work seem distant. I felt it held me and others back from really getting in to take a look at the smaller works and the finer details of things.

You have to understand, however, that Kopye’s work is primarily street based, meaning size can be a serious issue as far as painting goes–he specializes in large-scale work. When you start to think of the overall space in that sense, it can become a different way to view it altogether. I did make sure to step in real close and take a look at some of his exceptional pencil/line work. The mixed media on raised wood panels was somewhat new to me for his line of work, and I realized a new level of detail in his otherwise free-form kind of illustration.

If you take a look at the following links, you can see it all for yourself. Alternatively, you could just take a stroll down to DBRLA and see it firsthand during.


Video walkthrough

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