LONDON ART BOX:
LONDON IN LOS ANGELES
LA: 2 - 4 Sept 2011
London: 28 Sept 2011
• Robert West • Vikram Kushwah • Chantal Powell • Tinsel Edwards • Nicola Anthony • Sylvia Morgado • Kimi Wylde • Abigail Box • Darren MacPherson • Katrina James • Twinkle Troughton • Carlos Martyn Burgos • Azadeh Fatehrad
Some of the UK’s most ambitious emerging artists are packing up a small and exciting piece of the London art scene to captivate Los Angeles: London Art Box (LAB) is a London ‘micro-gallery’ in which the artists have been invited to prepare a special exhibition for the landmark LA event, FLAG STOP. Catch the LAB and take part in LA or London this September.
Curated by Samir Ceric and showcasing artists from London’s Debut Contemporary, the LAB will not be your typical tea party gathering. Neither is the space anything at all like the static, white-wall gallery of institutional convention. Rather, the artists of LAB will provide an interactive, performative presence: staging impromptu discussions about not just their own works, but also the works of their peers, encouraging a dialogue about contemporary art. They will be regularly re-arranging the work and inviting visitors to help curate the space.
If you can’t make it across the pond to catch LAB, there will be a special UK VIP event on 28th September when the LAB will return to London with a film screening of the event, discussions with the artists and curators, plus a rather creative twist. Come along to meet and find out more about this exciting group of artists.
FLAG STOP is an alternative contemporary art event in LA. Its mission is to present new and emerging contemporary art to a larger audience outside the mainstream art venues. FLAG STOP’s invitation to Debut Contemporary to feature LAB in this landmark event will bring these talented artists into direct contact with Southern California’s public and some of today’s most reputable artists, galleries, and arts professionals.
The artists represent a wide range of media, backgrounds and contemporary approaches to creating art. Between them they have exhibited at The Venice Biennale, Tate Britain and Tate Modern, worked with clients such as Jerry Lewis and Groove Armada, and have had work auctioned by high profile Christies auctioneer Hugh Edmeades. Collectors of their work are in many countries and include Banksy and Bill Woodrow.
As FLAG STOP is free to the public, entire communities that aren’t typically exposed to contemporary art will have the opportunity to meet these artists and ask questions—demystifying contemporary art and forming a more personal and meaningful understanding of our world through the eyes of an artist.
“Today, on average, every house has one and a half cars,” says Ceric. “I’d like to think in 20 years every household in this country will have at least two pieces of art, if not more. I want the importance of art to be grasped by every strata of society.”
Most importantly, the art experience will not be confined to the project’s exhibition space. No, the LAB artists will be everywhere during FLAG STOP’s events—they can be found discussing the work of other contemporary artists, posing for a photo op, or even sharing a bite with you at the catered food trucks. How will the public know who they are? “They will be wearing white LAB coats, of course,” says Ceric. So get comfortable with contemporary art—it is a social experiment, after all.
About FLAG STOP:
Torrance, CA – FLAG STOP is pleased to announce An alternative Contemporary Art event which presents art in unique, unconventional places. The goal of FLAG STOP is to give local art communities and the art world at large a chance to see and experience art where previously not thought possible.
FLAG STOP’s mission is to present new and emerging contemporary art to a larger audience outside the mainstream art venues. FLAG STOP searches for alternative venues in which to present the best curated examples of what, why, and how art is becoming relevant today. Each “STOP” will feature art which has been curated with some of the best examples of contemporary art, brought to you by some of the top professional, emerging curators and artists from Southern California and beyond.
FLAG STOP, An Alternative Contemporary Art Event is free and open to the public:
Friday Sept 2nd opening for guests only
Saturday Sept 3rd & Sunday Sept 4th, 12pm to 6pm
South Bay Lexus, 24777 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505
About Debut Contemporary
Debut Contemporary is a unique mentoring & exhibiting platform for emerging artists, and will be represented by LAB at this event. Located in Notting Hill, London.
It’s an innovative concept for all aspiring and ambitious artists, showcasing the best of creative talent across all arts disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation and performance art.
Dubbed as “Kingmaker” (International Life Magazine) of creative talent, “London Top’s Tastemakers” (Time Out) and “One of the UK’s Most Powerful Couples in Fashion and Art” (The Times Magazine), husband and wife duo Samir Ceric and Zoe Knight, the “High Profile Couple” (Drapers Records) behind the launch of Wolf and Badger, Salon Contemporary (including Artist of the Week, Curator of the Month and Best of British competitions) and First Wednesdays, launched DEBUT Contemporary in 2011, having already discovered some of the big names amongst contemporary artists in the past decade.