Photo Recap: Art Shows We Know You Missed

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On any given night in Los Angeles there are art openings at dozens of different galleries or pop-up events. Featured in this post are art shows / events that you may have heard about, but didn’t get a chance to check out in person. Please enjoy this glimpse of what you missed so far in August from San Pedro, Rosemead, Downey and Downtown Los Angeles, featuring artist such as Augustine Kofie, Mike Giant, Noelle Martinez, and many more. All photos taken by L.A. TACO senior photographer Erwin Recinos.

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Photo Recap: “All Involved” Book Party ~ East London

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UGLARworks member Ryan Gattis has just published All Involved, a book that takes place mainly in Lynwood during the 1992 L.A. Riots. We’ll have an interview with Ryan coming next week, but today check out these photos from the pop up art & literary event in East London sponsored by Shortlist Magazine to celebrate the publication of All Involved, which is making waves from L.A. to the U.K. and beyond.

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Photo Recap: Bootleg Bart ~ DTLA

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After 26 seasons and a feature length film, the success of the Simpsons doesn’t need to be proved. When you have such an influence on the popular imagination, everything is possible, and that is what happened in the 1990s with the bootleg bart phenomenon. Artists created their own versions of the character to include him in some weird, trashy or political situations (sometimes all three). Be Street revived the unofficial part of Bart’s story by inviting over 60 international artists to produce some new and exclusive pieces. We weren’t invited, but we’ve included our bootleg bart at the bottom of this post just for your personal reference.

The exhibition was shown in Los Angeles on July 25th to 26th 2015, then presented at the Be Street Weekend in Paris on October 3rd and 4th 2015. More info at Be Street. All Photos by Erwin Recinos.
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Photo Recap: #SoCalStreetBurger Finale

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The contest to create the ultimate burger #SoCalStreetBurger, concluded at Dodger Stadium last weekend, bringing together a shared love of burgers, beer, and creativity. Estevan Oriol, DJ Skee, and Ben Baller were among the celebrity judges who had to choose a winning burger among two finalists who bested hundreds of other entries to make it to the main event.

The winner was the KBBQ Poutin Burger by Andy Tran, who took home the $10,000 prize. Please enjoy this gallery of images from the ultimate burger event from photographer Erwin Recinos.

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This is L.A.’s Most Underground Burger

Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos is universally considered among the best tacos in Los Angeles, if not the world. What happens when Wes decides to do a burger for one night only in a secret location? This is Los Angeles, so nothing should surprise you…

The Guerrilla Burger Recipe:
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Recap: Benije Escobar and The Camera Creeps

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Last Friday night, dual exhibitions by The Camera Creeps and Benjie Escobar opened at the Seventh Letter Gallery on Fairfax. We’ve interviewed both Benjie and the Creeps, so we always like to keep up with their latest shows and releases. Most recently, Benjie Escobar has been feeding the good people of Los Angeles with delicious musubi and he recently completed a huge mural for Pow! Wow! Long Beach.

Members of the Camera Creeps have been producing independent zines and various collectibles for a collective called Applesauce Industries. Last Friday night’s gallery opening was a hot one, as june bugs buzzed around the lights outside, people huddled around their favorite pieces as they instagrammed it for all their friends to see. The all film photography by the Creeps never seems to disappoint. Follow the link for a full recap of photos by both Erwin Recinos and Desilu Munoz.

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Recap: ABCNT Pop Up ~ Melrose

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For the last two weeks, artist ABCNT hosted a pop-up shop (his first) featuring rare and unique items. The whole thing kicked off with a party featuring live screen printing from Hit + Run, and was attended by most of the city’s bastions of street art. If you missed it, there will reportedly be more to come…

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Recap: “Legends Never Die” a Tribute to Teen Angel

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This last Saturday night in Highland Park, shop Mi Vida hosted the “Legends Never Die” Teen Angel tribute art show. As we drove down York Blvd towards the shop, we quickly began to see the huge crowd gathered outside the venue. Beautiful Low Riders and classic cars were laying it low on the pavement as their presence graced York Boulevard, and made it feel we stepped back into the 50’s.

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Recap: Boo Hooray’s “Religious Observance”

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This past Thursday night was the opening of Boo Hooray’s “Religious Observance”. The small, house-like gallery featured photography from Ray Potes, Andrea Sonnenberg, Jerry Hsu, C.R. Stecyk III and Tobin Yelland. Sonnenberg’s photos of Detroit gave you a closer look that you wouldn’t be able to get without actually going to visit the city, and perhaps not even then. Ray Potes’ set of photographs painted the perfect picture of a crazy ass weekend in the Bay area. Potes’ photos are un-boring in the extreme, and make you laugh and wonder how he gets to see so many interesting things. Jerry Hsu’s photographs had the feeling of a trip far from home where life exists on the back of a moped, going place to place without a destination.  Each section of photographs on display were unique and full of life, whether it be a dark moment or a bright unforgettable one. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there for the opening view the gallery for a full photo recap.

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Recap: 4th Annual L.A. Zine Fest

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Last Sunday was the 4th annual L.A. Zine Fest. The one-day-only event was very well attended, with people streaming in and out of the event site all day long. Interesting outfits and dyed hair was in abundance as were zines in every permutation imaginable. Some of our favorite tables were Freeways Collide, Adam Villacin, and Sleep Talk Press. The great people over at Influenza were on the scene, passing out hand stamped fliers to promote the 1st ever Long Beach Zine Fest.

A truly great thing about the LAZF is that it really promotes the D.I.Y. movement, and has helped inspire more and more people to create their own work and do their own thing. Within the last four years the LAZF has gained a huge following, as the event connects people from all over the world. L.A. Taco’s Desilu stopped by to support and document this very cool event that happened on a very hot February day. (Continued)

Recap: “Multiple Truths” Photographs by Chrissy Piper and Martin Sorrondeguy

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“Mulitple Truths” opened this last Saturday at the Super Chief Gallery in Los Angeles. There was a big turnout, as both of the photographers on display have had big followings for a long time. As we approached the Super Chief Gallery our eyes were instantly drawn to the giant enlargements done by both Chrissy Piper and Martin Sorrondeguy. Some of their photos were also wheatpasted in various areas including the front of the Gallery. Piper and Sororondeguy’s black and white photography take you on a journey with them, as they record unforgettable moments of out of the ordinary faces and scenes. The  honesty and integrity of both photographers work brings true realism to their documentary approach.

The Super Chief Gallery dj was playing hit after hit and even threw in some Hombres G towards the end to leave the evening on a happy note. L.A. Taco’s Desilu Muñoz and Erwin Recinos stopped by to view the art and document the night. Follow the link for a full photo recap from both Muñoz and Recinos. (Continued)