The Incident with LAPD that Sparked Media Sensation & Art Prices to Skyrocket!
Before there was the Occupy LA/Wall Street Protests, there was Alex Schaefer! The artist was plein air painting on a Van Nuys street scene. Chase Bank was his muse. A concerned citizen made a call to 911 and reported the street artist working at his easel. In a spontaneous moment of inspiration, Schaefer had added to his composition a raging smokeless fire to the rooftop of an unpopulated bank building. Schaefer had been painting next to a bus stop, and metro line commuters began cheering. LAPD arrived at the scene to question the artist. Officers asked him if he was a “terrorist” and gave him a citation. As a result, a fire storm of news frenzy erupted. Weeks later at his bungalow, Schaefer was visited by detectives following up Law and Order style.
How does law enforcement become the “art police?” Like all artists, Schaefer practices his free speech through the language of art, except now his work is about wide spread bank criminality in a faltering economy. Are police overreacting to the usual hypersensitivity which smolders in the months leading up to anniversaries of 9/11? As a result this accidental hero (LA Times broke the story) is selling art at auction houses with prices skyrocketing beyond 2500% and European collectors taking notice.
Special Notes for the Media:
This art show at Sangria Fine Arts, is Alex’s first solo exhibition since news stories gained steam. Alex Schaefer is an Art Center College of Design professor and plein air painter who is a regular fixture on the downtown Los Angeles art scene. He taught at Cal State LA, has had several group shows at Bergamot Station, Pasadena Museum of California Art, and now has his own YouTube Channel. Schaefer hosts The Alex Schaefer Hour on Coagula Internet Radio, and is advocating for our economic future at Occupy LA.
Just in the last few weeks, Alex has had reporters covering his story at NPR, LA Times, NY Observer, Associated Press, LA Weekly, Glen Beck's "The Blaze," Alex Jones Show, Max Keiser, Death and Taxes, and many media outlets. Alex has his own YouTube Channel now. You can catch him on the "Alex Schaefer Hour" Wednesdays at 1pm on CoaguLA Radio. The podcasts are archived, so you can listen to them anytime! Check out the interview on "Creative Current" with Art Critic Shana Nys Dambrot on Youtube.com
-excerpt from the Sangria Fine Arts Press Release