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LAist Interview: Jonny Coleman on Art Crawl X

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LAist had the opportunity to catch up with Jonny Coleman, curator of Art Crawl X and also founder of Found Gallery in Silverlake this week to ask him some questions about the art walk this weekend, what not to miss, and why this art walk is sure to kick ass.

What is Art Crawl X?

Art Crawl X is the tenth annual art walk on the Eastside [excluding downtown]. The Crawl includes both conventional gallery spaces and all shapes and sizes of other businesses that have successfully integrated visual art exhibits into their formats. This year, the Crawl also includes a generous amount of special events that incorporate all types of artistic media.

How did you become involved?

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Billy Shire, who runs La Luz de Jesus and another gallery of his own name in Culver City, was ready to pass on leadership of Crawl, has accomplished a great deal in making alternative spaces function as art galleries and has helped make certain genres of painting acceptable. The folks at La Luz basically put a call out to some of the participants for last year. I felt like after having lived in the neighborhood for some 4 years and having run my space at Found Gallery for a year that I could really help emphasize the area's strengths in a different way.

What makes it different from other art walks around town?

To be perfectly frank, I think that the neighborhoods [Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Echo Park, & Los Feliz] are the most consistently enjoyable, diverse, and stimulating places in LA proper. They never feel like a destination for just art, music, or nightlife; they rarely feel like ghost towns like some other parts do if you visit them on the wrong day or wrong time. This is all very subjective, but I think that the areas are conducive to diverse art spaces and welcoming to the type of events we're putting together. There is clearly a historical bohemian attitude in the air [despite any gentrification] that allows us to take chances. Also, Bike Oven has generously donated some bikes for people to borrow for free at Materials & Applications. It's not a super concentrated district, which is as LA as it gets; there are so many different routes/means of transportations/ways to experience the weekend.

With over 30 exhibits going on, what can we absolutely not miss? What are the highlights?

There are actually 32 exhibits going on. You have to check out the 'humor us' show at LA Municipal Gallery. I think it's 20 Asian-American female artists with LA ties. I've only seen jpegs of the pieces, but they're wild. LAMG has always been criminally underrated.

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Tom Neely's show at Black Maria; Junc's 3 artist show; the installation at Materials & Applications is pretty awe-inspiring. The shows going up at Thinkspace, Secret Headquarters, & GhettoGloss are also some of my personal favorites. I haven't seen all of the shows in person yet, but I recommend checking out the exhibit page to get a sense for what type of art excites you. Oh, and my personal favorite show at Found is up right now. My teacher from high school, Keith Perelli, is showing an amazing, harrowing set of paintings that resound with humanity instead of a detached or self-aware perspective.