Ar9.21 Benefit SophiaGasparian ntist Sophia Gasparian, is one of the many talented artists to donate their work to Karma Underground’s kick off charity event on Friday September 21st!. 

The benefit will take place at Art Share LA, (downtown) from 7:00 pm till 10:00 pm. and will feature live painting by Samir Arghandwall of 7th Letter and DJ sets by J. ROCC TICK (Latch Brothers/Routines/Dragons), Kiino Villand and special guests. There will also be live screen painting by Hit and Run. A limited edition print by Malleus will be for sale to benefit the cause.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Gasparian embraces strong political subjects within her art. If you are not familiar with the work of Sophia Gasparian, one can only say her paintings bring to mind a childlike innocence overshadowed by a darker reality. Through her art, she recounts her grandmother’s story of survival during the Armenian Genocide in 1915.

Gasparian is excited to be part of the very first benefit produced by Karma Underground. Founded by Lydiaemily Archibald, Karma Underground was recently created in April of 2012 with the intent to help those in need solely through the use of art. The organization’s slogan is “Art can do more than just hang, It can help.”

A Tibetan charity, KarmaBlast will be the first recipient to be awarded funds from Karma Underground as part of the upcoming benefit. KarmaBlast is an online network created by Bodhicitta Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate.

Part9.21 SophiaGasparianGlobalWarming 400icipating artists include: Samir Arghandwall of 7th Letter, Van Arno, Birdman, Tada Chae, John Carr, Sean Cheetham, Shepard Fairey, Sophia Gasparian, Casey Gray, Skylar Grey, Ruby Hurley, Daniel Jung, Tim Kerr, Andrea Lahue, Hugh Leeman, Devin Liston, Mike Maxwell, Tara McPherson, Tom Neely, John Park, Risk, Henry Rollins, Seen, Allison Torneros, Kiino Villand and many more.

As a socio-politcal artist and activist, Sophia Gasparian is proud to donate her work for this special cause. She explains, “It is inspiring to be part of a show that raises funds to start an art program at a local women’s shelter and to build a school in Tibet for nomadic girls.” She continues, “Ironically, the KarmaBlast charity art show and auction is a rebellious act because “anyone who assists the Tibetan people is going against the Chinese government.”

There is a suggested donation of $10.00 at the door.

What: TKU KarmaBlast Charity At Auction
Where: Art Share LA, 801 East 4th Place, Los Angeles 90013
When: 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.