First Annual Black Book Sessions (UPDATE: Event coverage)
Those of you kind enough to recall the recent event at Known gallery I mentioned, take note: not only is this another twofer, it’s on the same night as the opening at Known. Best of all, the two are only a few blocks away from each other. This should prove to be an amazing event. Gallery 6ixty6 is hosting a gala of its own, also on the 22nd of this month, the first part of which is a showing by MZK crew, such legendary Los Angeles graffiti artists as TEWSR, and special guests photographer Spencer 14.2.1 and artist Dytch 66.
The second helping of creativity comes in the form of the first annual Blackbook Session, a live drawing exhibit by the artists listed below. For the uninitiated, a black book is a sketch book that graffiti artists regularly use, sometimes for collecting different artists’ works. This could be a chance to go home with a one-of-a-kind creation, guys. The event is sponsored by Copic Markers, a sign that the work will be of the highest quality. As always, bet on me being there, and come say hello.
Details are as follows:
The MZK Crew Show • Black Book Sessions
May 22nd, 2010
The MZK Crew show artists:
BAIR, DAMET, EARN, JAH-SUN, SKISTE, NOTE, TEWSR,
DYTCH66, EZO-1, MOCK and Spencer 14.2.1
The BLACK BOOK SESSIONS artists:
BASHER, ESPY, EYESR, FEAR, KATCH, NATOE,
SCUD VISIONS CREW / WALL PIMPS and THISER
GALLERY 6IXTY6 / BASEMENT 2
4431 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
If you know me at all, you’ll know that I do my best to be the first to arrive and the last to leave. This case was no different. Arriving at the show right at 3pm and leaving just after 7pm to catch Rumble at Known Gallery gave me a whole lot of time to hang out and mingle. A special thanks goes out to those of you who stopped me to say hello; it was nice to meet you all. This show, in the beginning, was very slow. That was to be expected: a seven hour show leaves lots of room for downtime. Most artists arrived right after I did and began the black book session side of things, meeting the guests and doing quick little sketches in everyone’s books. After a few hours, the music really started going and the people started flooding into the relatively small space; soon enough it was standing room only. As I said it would be, this was a party featuring art. If you missed it, you missed out on a lot of fun, beer, tunes, and great people.
The new line of works by the featured artists was, as expected, top-notch. I was particularly fond of Spener 14.2.1’s photos. I am already a fan of his work, but it is really nice to see the new side of this community that is the documentation by people like Spencer and myself. Its nice to see first hand the appreciation the artists have for us, knowing they would not get nearly as much exposure without us doing what we do. For those unlucky souls who didn’t make it, follow the links below for the top quality coverage you’ve come to expect from us. Trust me, there are a lot of ‘try to be up and comers’ in this journalism game, I can assure you that coverage as in depth as ours can not be found anywhere else, not to mention the quality of images we show you. Be sure to check it out.
I recieved word that some of the pieces at the show later in the night were knocked off the walls and damaged due to the large crowds. Specner 14.2.1 tells us,
“Thanks for the roll thru and the write up.
I am glad you got to see the show. The large photo of the CSX freight got knocked down and damaged. So your photos made it possible to see how it was displayed. Good looking out.”
Sometimes things like this happen, there is a respect and awareness that needs to be considered when in art galleries, no matter how lively the spirit may become. Please be careful everyone, these works are very important and need to be preserved.