L.A's Secret Street Art Spot
Somewhere in Los Angeles is wall that attracts some of the big names of the street art world. Not many know about it and those within street art circles keep it close to heart. There's a good reason for that--some like to take the street from the art for personal home decoration. So when an anonymous tipster made LAist savvy of this spot, it was under the condition that we not publish the location. "Just share the visuals," they wrote.
"L.A. needs more spots like that," said Elisa Carmichael, street art expert and co-owner of Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art in West Hollywood, when we showed her our photos for help in identification (find the artist names in the captions above). And we wholeheartedly agree with her. Life in Los Angeles could use more "easter eggs" like this.
Recently interviewed on Juxtapoz, Brooklyn-based artist Imminent Disaster, who is influenced by historical characters, talked about the difference between gallery and street art. "On the streets, the texture and patina are given to you by your environment, whereas in the gallery, you are given blank space that you have to build up yourself," she said. "The street sets certain contextual elements for you…in the gallery the work has to stand alone."
But what happens when a location, such as this secret one, becomes an ad hoc gallery of street art?