The Artsy Side of Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood Boulevard may be best known for its star-filled Walk of Fame or the TCL Chinese Theatre’s elaborate architecture, but the boulevard and the streets around it are also becoming a destination for art lovers as well. Here’s a look at some of the great gallery exhibition spaces in the heart of Hollywood.
6727 Hollywood Blvd.
Helmed by artists Sean Noyce and Katya Usvisky, contemporary and cutting-edge art has found the perfect space in this gallery located in a 100-year-old courtyard. This month, the gallery is opening an exciting mixed-media contemporary show titled Meat and Mysticism, featuring international artists from Sweden, Denmark, and the U.S. The exhibition is a collaborative project with the artists of KRÆ syndikatet, Copenhagen, and Noysky Projects, and includes symbolic and tactile exhibitions devoted to mending the bonds and connections to “the nature we are and live in.” Nosyky is one of the most innovative galleries in town, also serving as a studio for the artists who run it.
Since the gallery’s beginnings in 1978, LACE has served as a showcase for emerging artists as well as being renowned for its community and educational events.
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Blvd.
Since the gallery’s beginnings in 1978, LACE has served as a showcase for emerging artists as well as being renowned for its community and educational events. Innovation is key for the internationally-recognized non-profit; presenting significant and timely exhibitions, performances, educational programs, and public projects. Currently, LACE is showing The Archival Impulse: 40 Years of LACE, through December. The project room installation culls material from LACE’s archive highlighting and disputing the organization’s history. On view through May 25th, Unravelling Collective Forms is inspired by the art of quipu or khipu, comprised of dyed, knotted threads that serve as “the vanished narratives of resistance.”
The Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO) is the university’s center for experimental exhibitions and has been open since 1975. Photo courtesy Yvette Roman Photography.
6518 Hollywood Blvd.
The Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO) is the university’s center for experimental exhibitions and multi-disciplinary collaborations, and home to a diverse series of architecture and interior architecture-based exhibitions. Open since 1975, visitors are invited here to learn about the “built environment” and architectural knowledge. From exhibitions of photography, drawings and models, full-scale mock-ups, and screenings, to book launches and gallery talks, WUHO opens the door to architectural art and research.
The recent exhibition Floating Cities featured floating floating houses, art projects, landscapes, and infrastructure from around the world, such as Japan’s floating airport in Tokyo Bay, exploring “the relevance of floating cities in contemporary design debates concerning climate change and sea level rise.” Upcoming in July is Liminal Forms, an exhibition of student work from the Woodbury University School of Architecture examining the relationship between historic drawing technique and architectural form.
Overduin & Company
6693 Sunset Blvd.
A contemporary gallery run by former Regen Projects gallery director Lisa Overduin, past exhibitions have included work by artists Erika Vogt, Stephen G. Rhodes and Haim Steinbach. The gallery, which keeps a low profile as to the nature of exhibitions, will be opening a solo exhibition by Eliza Douglas, titled Josh Smith, on May 11th. Expect modern and cutting edge images in a sleek, white-walled space.
"Abstract Foliage" by Jonas Anderson, available at Dina Art.
Dina Art Company
6433 Sunset Blvd.
Dina Art Company is a wholesale gallery providing art rental and purchase services to the motion picture industry. The company also publishes artwork, resizing and printing on demand on any types of material. They publish fine art posters, and distribute hand-colored etchings, antique engravings, and original contemporary art.
Artists Corner at 1546 N Highland Avenue.
1546 N Highland Ave.
Artists Corner focuses on showcasing established and emerging artists, and additionally sells art services such as framing and printing. The gallery holds frequent openings for their exhibitions. Currently, an of-the-moment group exhibition, Take a Selfie offers mixed media looks at selfie-inspiring images including works by contemporary artists Brayden, Boris Beroukov, and Mr. Chow. In June, the gallery will feature paintings by Rachel Ganz on the surprisingly not-so-disparate themes of Egyptian Deities x Pop Culture Icons.
Genie Davis is a multi-published novelist and journalist, and produced screen and television writer. Passionate about everything-Los Angeles, you can see her work in the arts on her own www.diversionsLA.com.