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Arts and Entertainment

L.A. Graffiti Artists Spotlighted at the 'Other' Street Art Show in Town, "Street Cred" at PMCA

(l-r) Jeff Soto, Lifecycle, 2008, acrylic on wood, 36” x 24”, courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery; Alex Kizu, Resurgence, ink on watercolor paper, 24” x 18”, courtesy of the artist
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It's hard being the little guy when there's a really big guy throwing his shadow on you. Alas, the Pasadena Museum of California Art's "Street Cred" has not gotten a lot of attention thanks to that sorta big deal major record-breaking "Art in the Streets" show that just wrapped up at MOCA, but there are still a couple of weeks left to check out this very L.A. exhibit.Announced six months ahead of MOCA's show, "Street Cred" is actually more of a hometown heroes draw, because it focuses on what ArtForum calls "the social and cultural legacy of Los Angeles, where cholos marked territory with elaborate placas (plaques) as early as the mid-1930s, predating the explosion of style writing on New York subways by more than three decades."

"Street Cred" was curated by Steve Grody (author of Graffiti L.A.) and Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin, and includes the work of 31 L.A. artists in paintings, collages, and sculptures. Rather than show the street work of the artists in the gallery, this show features art made for the gallery by artists who got their start doing street art, explains Artinfo.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Michael Alvarez, ANGST, AXIS, Chaz Bojórquez, CODAK, CRAOLA, DASH 2000, Ekundayo, EYEONE, HASTE, Paul SKEPT Kanemitsu, Alex Kizu, KOFIE ONE, MAN ONE, MEAR ONE, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Jose Lopez, Erick Montenegro, Nicnak, PUSH,RISK, Jeff Soto, Evan Skrederstu, RETNA, REVOK, SABER, SHANDU, Jesse Simon, SINER, and ZES.

The show opened in May, but runs through September 4th. A tour of the exhibit is scheduled for 2 p.m. on August 21st.