The roots of art are intertwined with love and discord, soaked in our hopes and fears, grown from birth and death. The roots of humanity are no different. We are all one and the same, regardless of our gender, sexuality, religion, and race.
We are no different from the person that we compare against ourselves or judge for being seemingly different, more or less than the pedestal on which we expect everyone to confirm.
We are art, a complex labyrinth of textures, colors, and shapes which we’ve twisted and malformed from the simple origins of basic goodness that we’ve all shared from the time we were born.
The rich tapestry of life, art, and our greater world is diversity woven together, working on equal ground to build bridges between our homes and communities.
My pursuit in art has been to explore the intricate threads that contribute to the bigger picture and my larger goals for the world to discover and appreciate the beauty in its individual parts. This pursuit is small compared to the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union, which works around the clock to protect everyone’s right to equality in this country. As we now live in abnormal times under an administration that has committed to serve only a small sector of our country, the ACLU’s work on the behalf of our larger community is more crucial than ever. I want to do whatever I can to supporting their efforts, which is why I’ve decided to host an online auction for nine of my mixed media artworks and donate 75% of each sale to the ACLU. The remaining 25% will be retained to purchase more art supplies so I can create new pieces with the goal of doing another auction in the early fall. Each of the following pieces are up for grabs. If you have ever wanted to own one of my collages, name your price and it may become yours. No price point is too small. I’m willing to give my art away for $10 if it means $7.50 can buy reams of paper or paper at an ACLU office. For the next 10 days, I leave it in my buyers’s hands to decide how much each piece is worth to them, knowing the purchase will not only provide them with art but also help an invaluable cause.
If you want to place a bid on any piece below, please message me on Facebook (facebook.com/allegranewman1) or email me at email@example.com with the name of the piece and your price. If I receive more than one bid on a piece that is the same, I’ll contact those buyers to see if they want to raise their offer. Final prices will not be made public out of respect for the buyers, but I may post the total amount I was able to raise for the ACLU on social media to encourage other artists to consider donating proceeds from their sales to causes they feel passionate about.
The online auction will end on Friday, May 5th at 10am. If you want to learn more about each piece, please check my Facebook or Instagram for daily posts on what went into creating them.
Happy bidding, and thank you in advance for any contributions you’re willing to make.
Much love and respect,
January 2016 is stacking up to be my busiest art month yet. More of my artwork is on display at one of my favorite local eateries, The Coffee Table Eagle Rock! I was a loyal patron at the Silverlake location for seven years before it sadly closed its doors. Great food lured me to its counters, but the colorful mosaic tables and array of local art on the walls were the inspirational forces that retained me for hours in the bustling cafe. A staple of Eagle Rock, the second location offers the same tables, rotation of local art, and is in no danger of disappearing anytime soon. The owners have even opened an adjacent lounge where evening patrons can enjoy a full bar and local craft brews.
I feel honored to have my art featured on its spacious cafe walls from January 9 through March 1. If you’re in the neighborhood, order a latte, grab a table, and check them out.
Leaping into 2016 with a very cool art show!
Three of my recent pieces – Lotus, Where Life Is, and White Noise are featured in MODULE, a new exhibit at Art Share Gallery in Downtown LA from January 6 through January 16. Curated by Elizabeth Carranza, MODULE explores modularity through art and features 18 local artists’ creative explorations of the theme.
Art Share is generously hosting a free reception for the exhibit on Saturday, January 9 from 8pm to 11pm. Open to the public, so swing by for an evening of art and music!
This is what a 4′ x 4′ print of Lotus 1 looks like in Pershing Square…exhibiting at the Art-Squared Gallery in Downtown LA from October to November 2015.
Exhibit curated by Mark Walsh. The Art Squared Gallery is a partnership between the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center and the Downtown LA Artist Space. The Gallery showcases large 2D vinyl prints and 3D sculptures throughout the fountain and orange grove areas of the venue. Artists from downtown Los Angeles and other south land art communities donate their work to the park.
My amazing friend (and talented photographer) Kengi Carr is curating Pop Up Art shows at the USC Pizza Studio Gallery near Downtown Los Angeles this summer, and he’s invited me to participate. From May 22nd through June 25th, three of my collages – Grasping, Starry Nights, and Lotus II – will be on display and for sale. Pizza Studio, located at 3584 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007, is open Monday through Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
“The Butterfly Effect: A phenomenon whereby localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere.”
It’s official! I’m joining other Los Angeles artists in The Butterfly Effect Art Show on November 8th in Highland Park!
Please join us for a one night event bringing together expression, creation and empowerment. Our voices do matter and through the powerful medium that is art we can collectively impact the whole in a major way. We will be mixing art, music and food to help benefit, A New Way of Life, a Los Angeles based non-profit focused on empowering women and transitioning them safely back into our communities. The show will be held on the same evening as NELAart Gallery Night in Highland Park and will feature DJ’s, food trucks, vendors and an open bar. There will also be live artists creating masterpieces right before your eyes and live body painters turning models into walking art pieces.
Tickets are on pre-sale for $15 from now until October 31st at http://dangerousdamescollective.com.
Tickets at the door will be $20.
Date/Time – Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 6pm to midnight