Brewery ArtWalk – Creativity, Inspiration, & Artistic Grandeur
Article and Photographs By: Marissa Wallace
Los Angeles was the site of an all-encompassing fusion of creativity, inspiration, and artistic grandeur this past weekend of October 1st and 2nd in the downtown area. The Brewery ArtWalk is a twice yearly event that occurs in the respective fall and spring quarters, where artists and art lovers alike are encouraged to come and overdose on an array of galleries and exhibits.
Hosted at the notorious and prominent Brewery Arts Complex, one of the world’s largest art complexes, this event is free to the public. The complex houses over 150 resident artists who all open up their studios for the weekend of the artwalk to display new works as well as exhibit past and favorite collections. The crème de la crème of Los Angeles artists are featured at The Brewery, so guests are bound to discover a new favorite artist to follow.
One of the paramount highlights of this event is that attendees are granted the chance to speak directly and candidly with artists and pick their brains as to what inspired a particular artwork, as well as ask any other burning questions that may come to mind. Attendees are also able to immediately purchase pieces from artists at studio prices.
The spearheading artist and Los Angeles champion himself, Andre Miripolsky, houses his work in one of the complex’s studios. Miripolsky’s work genuinely speaks for itself, and is virtually recognizable upon sight, and can be seen coming a mile away. He describes his personal creative style as “expressionist pop,” which would be difficult to negate because of his strong usage of color. He seemingly implements every hue in the rainbow spectrum, as well as creates a few of his own.
Born in Paris and raised in several different countries including Austria, Iran, and Korea, Miripolsky migrated to the City of Angels 42 years ago.
“As an immigrant, it wasn’t until the last 6 years that I started really feeling apart of L.A. because my art has really taken off and been embraced by the culture,” said Miripolsky.
In 2005, he was commissioned to create a 3-D wall sculpture illustrating the Los Angeles cityscape. A short while later the phrase “Viva L.A.” was attached to the piece and Miripolsky’s stamp on Los Angeles history was made permanent. He now has several projects currently in the works throughout the Los Angeles and Southern California region.
“My art and what I do really represents L.A.,” said Miripolsky.
Other notable mentions include Ryan McIntosh and Danielle Lange’s Art Is Shit Editions gallery and printshop; a self-proclaimed “sophisticated hijacking of the aesthetic principles of art.” Kim Barry and Joey Thate’s contemporary art studio, West Eleven, displays beautifully constructed fine art.
Further information about the Brewery Artwalk and other artists represented at the complex can be found atbreweryartwalk.com.