Steve Galloway at Ben Maltz Gallery in Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405

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Opening April 13: Freeway Studies #1: This Side of the 405 April 13 – June 1, 2013

Steve Galloway Cave of Three Bats (and the Ray of Hope), 2008 54 x 72 inch Oil Painting on Canvas Signed, captioned and dated by the artist on verso From the collection of the artist

PRESS RELEASE Freeway Studies is a multi-year, contemporary art-focused curatorial project organized by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, with the assistance of Jeseca Dawson, 2012-2014 Curatorial Fellow. This Side of the 405 features work by 33 contemporary artists whose studios are west of the 405, north of the 105 and south of the 10 freeways in Los Angeles. The impetus for this curatorial endeavor was and continues to be an effort to survey, one studio at a time, the neighborhoods and networks of artists working in Los Angeles. Over a six month period Linton and Dawson visited 85 studios and met with more than 100 artists in the designated area, documenting each visit on a blog. They will update the blog as they visit more artists to plan the subsequent Freeway Studies exhibitions focusing on other neighborhoods. Artists: Charles Arnoldi, Natalie Arnoldi, Alex Becerra, Larry Bell, Karen Carson, Meg Cranston, Greg Colson, Tony de los Reyes, Steve Galloway, Joe Goode, Scott Grieger, Deborah Hede, Tom Knechtel, Lies Kraal, Rachel Lachowicz, Lauren Marsolier, Renée Petropoulos, Phranc, Vincent Ramos, Lucas Reiner, Liza Ryan, Kim Schoenstadt, Kiki Seror, Alexis Smith, Barbara T. Smith, Jim Starrett, Jon Swihart, Shirley Tse, Sam Watters, Chris Wilder, Pontus Willfors, Suzan Woodruff, and Jody Zellen.

Events: Opening Reception: Saturday, April 13, 4pm-6pm, Free Reception for the artists with SOUNDSCAPESSSSSZZZZZ performance by Paige Tighe and musical selections by MX Farina, Robots and Friends

Bus Tours: Saturdays, April 20 (#15417) & June 1 (#25439), 9am-3pm, $25 Curator led bus tours of local studios: Peter Alexander, Angie Bray, Carla Danes, Chris Danes, Drew Dominick, Marc Fichou, DJ Hall, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Jeremy Kidd, Linda King, Cindy Kolodziejski, Blue McRight, Tia Pulitzer, Sarah Vanderlip. To Register: (310) 665 6950 or www.otis.edu/ce

Reading: Saturday, May 18, 4pm-8pm, Free. Live stream Writing This Side of the 405: a live poetry & prose reading by local writers, curated by Guy Bennett with Kathy MacPherson.

Venice Art Walk: Sunday, May 19, $50 Venice Art Walk & Auctions: A benefit for the Venice Family Clinic. Information and Registration: www.veniceartwalk.org

Billboard Project: Three artist billboards will be installed in Los Angeles during the run of the exhibition: Scott Grieger, TOO MANY, 2013 (Lincoln Blvd northbound, north of Venice Blvd) Jeremy Kidd, Chrysler 2, 2006 (Jefferson Blvd eastbound, at Centinela Ave) Sandy Rodriguez, Fire Tornado, 2007 (Centinela Ave northbound, north of Jefferson Blvd) Billboard locations may change in early May 2013. Check here for updates. Billboards sponsored by Summit Media LLC.

Text courtesy of Otis College of Art and Design