State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to LA’s Latino Art Openings

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Photo: Walther Obando

State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.


Latino Comics Expo – MOLAA

Comic-Con might’ve passed but there’s another comic convention in town — the Latino Comics Expo. It’s the only one of its kind and the first to take place here in sunny Los Angeles and tickets are only nine dolares! The two-day event kicks off at the Museum of Latin American Art this Saturday, August 17 at 11 a.m. with demonstrations and delectable goodies from El Burger Luchador (bacon guacamole burger, anyone?). Browse an artist marketplace with graphic novels, comics and meet awesome creative minds like Lalo Alcaraz, Gabriela Gamboa, Javier Hernandez, Octavio Rodriguez and more. If you don’t know much about comics this is your chance to learn more and also check out the art in the Latino art in the museum.

628 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 437-1689

100 Gnomes, Fairies and Mushrooms – Echoes Under Sunset

Are you a fan of gnomes? Fairies? Mushrooms? We’re asking because all of three of these will be transformed under the hands of talented artist’s at the show “100 Gnomes, Fairies and Mushrooms.” Another themed art show by Deadmundo and Sketch, artists and curators, the two-night event will feature art on sale for $100 or less. So if you fall in love with a cute little gnome or a gnarly mushroom, it’s all yours. Enjoy music from quirky bands like Thee Rain Cats and Batwings Catswings for a night of all-around quirkiness. Just maybe leave the ‘shrooms at home… we mean the vegetable, of course! Head to the extravaganza this Saturday, August 17th at 6 p.m.

Echoes Under Sunset
1310 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Camilo Restrepo – Steve Turner Contemporary

Colombia-born Camilo Restrepo isn’t presenting just any debut solo show. He’s turning Steve Turner Contemporary into a place to discuss the deepest issues of his native home but also of our personal struggle. The title “This is a Wound, Not Just the Drawing of a Hole” fits the show perfectly because on the surface, Restrepo’s work looks like a simple collection of drawings, but turns out to be much more. Each detail expresses violence, either relating to actual violence with weapons or the battle going on inside the artist himself. Head to the space on Saturday, August 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. to dig into this awesomely complicated work. See where one simple drawing can take you — you’d be surprised where you can end up.

Steve Turner Contemporary
6026 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-3721