One Years Old!

Urban enclave Crewest Art Gallery celebrates its success

By Marla Dennis
Published on LatinoLA: May 5, 2003

One Years Old!

Los Angeles' first graffiti artist owned art gallery, Crewest Art Gallery, 2703 W. Valley Blvd. in Alhambra, celebrates its first year anniversary with a month-long group exhibit of L.A.'s most popular underground artists, DJ's, local bands, B-boys and more beginning May 24, 2003 from Noon - 8 pm running through June 29th.

The anniversary event -- One Years Old! -- sponsored by Jointz magazine, www.Artcrimes.com, and Beautiful Decay magazine, include performances throughout the month by Burning Star, Slowrider, Dj Tetris, Dj Esp, Acid Reign, Neila, Myk Mansun, Shapeshifters, Dj Omid, Busdriva, and 2Mex/OMD. Crewest's website, www.crewest.com, offers specific performance schedules.

The gallery operates as an advocate for underground artists featuring monthly exhibits, including the promotion of local DJ's, bands, and more. Since its inception in 2002, Crewest Art Gallery, owned and operated by accomplished urban Latino artist Man One, has opened each exhibit to crowds of more than 300. Man One and his artists attract underground and mainstream guests from all over Southern California to experience the urban concept. "We are interested in promoting good art, going beyond the pre-conceived notions that all graffiti is bad, negative, and pointless," comments Man One.

Local and regional underground artists highlighted during the show include Man One, Vyal, Sacred, Dave Kawano, Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, Victor Sepulveda, Mear, and plus many more.

As Crewest's mission statement clearly defines the need to expose the best unknown artists while educating the public and enhancing the artistic culture in Los Angeles, Man One writes: "We promote only the most talented underground artists, known and unknown, from the West Coast and beyond. From graffiti to digital art, from paint to sculpture, our art exhibits are focused on what's current, relevant, and happening now. Our purpose is to promote gifted artists whose work may be too edgy and non-conventional for other elitist venues. We cater to art that speaks to the heart and soul as well as the mind. We believe in bringing raw and powerful artwork to the people of Los Angeles."

Crewest Art Gallery is a spin off of Man One's online business development, Crewest.com. Man One's Crewest is committed to the promotion of the best in underground art and culture. Its goal is to create lucrative opportunities for artists that allow their work to be seen and enjoyed at a professional level.

To date, Man One's nearly decade-long professional career already spans the globe and transcends into corporate commissions, community projects, exhibitions, videos, motion pictures, music festivals, fashion events and more.

Involved with the Graffiti Art movement since 1987, Man One began his artistic journey on the streets of Los Angeles leaving his trademark of bold, colorful aerosol strokes as he searched for his artistic purpose. As he continued to explore his talent and define his own unique statement and style, a college art professor recognized Man One's strong talents and encouraged him to move forward on his career. After completing his B.A. degree in Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount, his newly inspired passion began to change the way the world interpreted graffiti and urban art. Man One set out to make a name for himself and strengthen the real meaning behind the art movement.

It only took the first few commissioned murals to allow Man One to realize his art could transcend beyond the streets and into the world of commerce. His bright and colorful murals made their way into the underground urban art movement pioneering the evolution of graffiti as an art form, not a negative statement of culture. Today, his artwork now reaches internationally having been featured in venues throughout the world. To date, his artwork has been showcased in over 20 group exhibitions domestically and internationally, six one-person shows, and displayed at several museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Commercially, Man One's commissions include murals, designs and concepts for such mainstream corporate clients as MTV, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Electronic Arts for PlayStation 2, AT&T, Vans, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Perry Ellis, CaliforniaMart, and Sony, as well as scenic visuals for feature films and music videos.

For gallery information, call 626.458.2465. Press inquiries, please call 805.492.4155. Visit http://www.crewest.com and http://www.manone.com. Hours: Wednesday & Thursday - 3pm - 7pm; Friday & Saturday: Noon - 8 pm; Sunday: Noon - 6 pm or by appt only.

Crewest Gallery is located 15 minutes east of downtown Los Angeles, right off the Valley Blvd. exit at the end of the 710 freeway.

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