LAUNCH LA presents the TARFEST 10 Year Anniversary Art Exhibition 2003-2012. The retrospective exhibition is curated by Holly Harrison the Curatorial Administrator for Contemporary Art at LACMA and will feature art from 35 of the 225 artists from the past nine years of TARFEST Juried Exhibitions.
The work will include sculpture, installation, painting, drawing, photography and video.
Previous jurors include Nancy Myers, Edward Robinson, Rita Gonzalez, Howard Fox and Michele Urton of LACMA and local arts administrators, writers and gallerists including Peter Mays, Molly Barnes, Laurie Frank, Kathy Gallegos, Peter Frank, Holly Myers, Wesley Jessup, Sinead Finnerty-Pyne, Maryna Hrushetska, Leora Lutz, Shane Guffogg and James Panozzo.
Additionally, 89.9 KCRW and LAUNCH LA present TARFEST Music and Art Festival on Saturday, September 22nd from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the La Brea Tar Pits Park with performances by indie-rock bands Blondfire, Helena, Soft Swells, So Many Wizards, The Steelwells and The Makepeace Brothers. Live painting by artists Greg "Craola" Simkins, Johnny "KMNDZ" Rodriguez, Codak Smith and Van Saro, with featured sculptures by Bertil Petersson, Tom Winter, Mattia Biagi and David O. Johnson. The festivities will also include a Lagunitas Biergarten, a wine bar sponsored by Whole Foods and gourmet food trucks as well as fun social awareness and activities provided by Keep A Breast Foundation, Keep A Breast Non Toxic Revolution, The Pablove Foundation and Hoop It Up Worldwide.
About TARFEST/LAUNCH LA: TARFEST, produced and managed by LAUNCH, provides important performance and exhibition opportunities to some of the regions finest emerging artists, performers, and cultural innovators on the historic Miracle Mile of Los Angeles. LAUNCH is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit social enterprise that produces, manages and directs events, programs and exhibitions with the purpose of developing artist - audience relationships throughout important Los Angeles communities. Passionate about promoting all contemporary art-forms and their hybrids, LAUNCH recognizes the need for exemplary productions that create important cultural happenings. With the assistance of commercial partners, cultural institutions and like-minded individuals and organizations, LAUNCH strives to engage a broad cross section of Angelenos in cultural events that foster mutual understanding and creative expression.