Gronk: Seven Twenty Five South Spring Street

Exhibition incorporates the spirit of a unique gallery and artist exchange, Artist's Reception Nov. 22

By Adrian Rivas
Published on LatinoLA: November 21, 2008

Gronk: Seven Twenty Five South Spring Street

Los Angeles-based artist Gronk invites us to visit Seven Twenty Five South Spring Street, an exhibition that centers around and incorporates the studio/residence where the artist has lived and worked for more than 15 years. Located in an historic, early 20th century building, in what was once the heart of the city's financial district, the complex at 725 S. Spring St. later became one of the first A.I.R. (artist in residence) lofts in downtown L.A. and has been the home of G727 for the past 6 years.

Throughout his career, Gronk's neighbors and colleagues have played an important role in his artistic practice, where conversations have often sparked ingenious collaborations, as well as helped to deal with the disturbing realities of living in the transitioning downtown area. Since its founding, G727 has developed a on-going relationship with Gronk by inviting him to build several site-specific exhibitions that have addressed certain conditions arising from urban decay and redevelopment. In turn, Gronk has offered many opportunities for our guests to come and explore his studio space and speak with him at length about art, life, and the city. This exhibition incorporates the spirit of this unique gallery and artist exchange.

Seven Twenty Five South Spring Street features four new paintings, including two major works that recall Gronk's wall installations from his G727 exhibitions Heroin Row (2004) and Urban Narratives (2005). Here Gronk presents a large-scale painting triptych laid horizontally, which resembles a topographical landscape of the artist's visual language and echoes the numerous city model-building workshops held by G727 founders James Rojas and Adrian Rivas.

During the course of the exhibition, special invitations to engage Gronk's studio will be announced through G727's website and email list, including a movie night and a midnight walking tour. All events will be free and open to the public. Please be advised that space is limited and there will be a cutoff for entry. Please join our mailing list by sending an email to this address: gallery727losangeles@yahoo.com

November 22, 2008 - January 3, 2009

Opening Reception:
Saturday November 22 7pm-10pm

727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
213 627 9563
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