The Brewery ArtWalk is upon us…I’ve been many times before and highly reccommend it. Just in case you didn’t know, he Brewery is a former Pabst Blue Ribbon brewery/bottling plant located in Downtown LA. There are so many interesting and creative artists working out of the Brewery. Many live our to their studo spaces. Each unit is completely different with many of the original aged pipes and hardware, exposed brick and vintage doors and windows. Very cool.
The biannual Brewery Art Walk is said to attract 5,000 people to the Brewery Arts Complex which offers over 150 open studios. I wrote an article about the last one for the Downtown News.
This will be the 2nd time artist Charles Swenson will be participating in the Artwalk. I asked Charles what it’s like to have a studio at the Brewery Complex. “It’s a great community, very stimulating on many levels,” laughs Swenson. “There is nothing like coming out of your front door to be greeted by a giant articulated mechanical snail being built for coachella.”
Swenson is probably best known for his work as an animator on televsion shows such as “Rugrats.” He is know a full time artist, working daily at his studio at the Brewery.
“I have a set schedule, arriving at my studio each day at around nine, and I have to pick up my daughter after school each day at 2:30 across town, so my time is limited,” says Swenson. “This has put a certain amount of pressure on me, pressure that I’m quite enjoying. I’ve always loved what I do and was just feeling the gratitude this morning. Not everyone gets to spend their time doing one of the things they most enjoy.”
I asked Charles about the neighboring artists and who he has met. Who’s work inspires him the most, he replied, “I had the pleasure of going to the Molly Barnes curated show at the Tobey C. Moss gallery, Flowers, Shade and the Natural Curve featuring three of my neighbors. Jill Sykes, Roland Reiss and Dawn Arrowsmith, masterful painters, all of them, working in three different styles, circling around and nibbling on images of the natural world presented in an unnatural way.”
He continues, “Sykes’s work is flat and patterned, but painterly, working with the negative spaces between branches, leaves and stalks using subtle touches and shifts of color to create the shimmering look of live vegetation. Riess uses bold color in this work, and flat and graphic cutout like shapes laid over a scrubbed and textured ground, a bit like Matisse after his Polynesian visits, but filtered through a contemporary almost street aesthetic.”
He adds, “Arrowsmith stays away from representation but leaves a feeling of looking at a kind of planned organic form that might be seen in aerial views of farmland, if farmers had a choice of laying in deep, blood red, maroon fields.”
Charles Swenson’s new studio is located at 1918 N. Main # 202 at the Brewery….so be sure to pop in.
For more information about Charles Swenson, see his website. http://charlesgswenson.com/
Admission is free. Parking is free (Lot donated by UPS, closes at 6pm).
What: The Brewery Art Walk
Where: The Brewery, 2100 North Main Street, Los Angeles, 90031
When: April 27th + 28th 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m