Downtown's Rainfall Risk, LA Art in NY, Marty Schnapf at MaRS

thoughts n feelings:

El Niño's drenching rains have finally hit Los Angeles. For many of us, it's really enjoyable. Slick asphalt and umbrellas add a certain city charm to Downtown LA's streets, our plants get watered and our sidewalks smell better. But for those in our community who don't have a home or a roof, the rains pose a serious threat. More grave than the nuisance of soaked belongings is the risk of damaging health effects to locals who are already amongst the most medically underserved. While the issues of homelessness on Skid Row are often on our minds, the continuing rain makes us increasingly concerned and anxious to find housing solutions.   •

Like many of the past few years, we celebrated New Years 2016 in New York City. Being in New York is always a great opportunity to see art, but it was particularly exciting to see Los Angeles-based artists on view there. The Studio Museum in Harlem features lots of works by LA born or based artists such as Marc Andre Robinson, Danielle Dean, and the late Noah Davis. Jim Shaw (CalArts class of '78) has a major show at the New Museum. Even MOMA PS1's Greater New York show features LA artists' work made in New York and is curated by two MOCA alums. Always up on this phenomenon is ForYourArt, an online resource that offers a weekly list of #LAinNY art events.   •

Among several gallery openings this Saturday is Marty Schnapf's solo show at Museum as Retail Space (MaRS), a stark yet intimate warehouse space tucked under the 6th Street Bridge across the LA River in The Flats. We interview Marty Schnapf on his show and his influences in GET DOWN TOWN Issue 2. Upon asking him about the striking raw emotion in his art, he commented:
"You’d think that that’s not hard to find in art, but it is. And it’s a really tricky place to walk because worse than making an unemotional work is making a sentimental work. It’s like if you walk up to somebody and say, “You should be sad right now.” That’s absurd! One, it’s not going to work, and two, it’s sort of offensive because it doesn’t appreciate that person’s intelligence and their own experience… Artwork for me is interesting when you think you’ve figured it out and then it denies your thought. That’s what makes a static thing alive: when it’s causing you to shift and move to find something appealing and to find something repulsive." Read the full interview with Marty Schnapf here and catch us at his opening this Saturday night.   • 

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 Marty Schnapf's solo show opens Saturday Jan 9 at MaRS Gallery. 
(image via the artist)