May 2016 Press Release

May 2016 Press Release



May 4th, 2016 —

What once began as a creative outlet for science fiction fans in the 1920s has now morphed into a massive network of zine publishers and consumers. Encompassing a wide range of interests and aestethics, zines now comprise an unparralled niche within the visual arts world, encouraging both engagement and community through their ever imaginative creations. In recognition of this longstanding creative tradition, the Downtown Art Walk is excited to celebrate May’s Art Walk event with a special dedication to LA ZINES & INDIE PUBLICATIONS! Featuring special exhibitions by MORLEY and WRDSMTH, this unique showcase will offer viewers an opportunity to peruse some of LA’s most engaging new self publications including Changarro Press, Wannabe Press, HoraTora Studios, Flower Zine, The Action Hospital, Trabajo Press, The Rorschach Project, and more!

Participating galleries for the May 12th Art Walk include: Please Do Not Enter, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, The Spring Arts Collective, Carol Cirillo Stanley, REN Gallery, Fathom Gallery, the Fine Arts Building, and The Hive.

Art Walk Lounge — 634 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90013, 6-10pm.


WRDSMTH is a published author, screenwriter, former advertising copywriter, and an emerging street artist. Born and raised in the Midwest, he relocated to LA and started doing time in Hollywood, chasing the dream like countless others. Past and present worlds merged when he came up with the concept for WRDSMTH — a unique combination of stenciling and wheatpasting — and began temporarily tattooing walls in LA with indelible thoughts and phrases.

Active in the street art community since November 2013, he’s made his mark in Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, New Orleans, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Edinburgh, and Melbourne. He’s been featured in Playboy, LA Weekly, LAist,  LA Magazine, and The Philadelphia Enquirer. He was named one of The Art of Elsyum’s 2014 Emerging Artists and his work has been sold at Julien’s Auctions, Art Share L.A., Q Art Gallery, The Gabba Gallery, and LabArt.


Morley is a Los Angeles-based street artist that specializes in bold, typographic posters which he wheat pastes within the urban landscape. Blending humor, hope and his unique perspective on life, Morley’s aim is to act as a friendly voice amongst the cacophony of billboarded messages and corporate slogans.

His work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, LA Magazine,, LA Canvas and on networks such as ABC, CBS, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Amazon and Showtime. He has been shown in galleries around the world and he has lectured at numerous universities, the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art and The Artisphere in Washington DC. He toured the country with his book “If You’re Reading This, There’s Still Time” (published by Cameron + Company in 2014) and was featured in the AOL original docu-series “Vicariously”.

ZINE SHOWCASE – Featuring an array of self published zines and comics, this month’s showcase will feature works by:

JOSH COREA – Sh-t’s F-cked
Described as the “Addams Family” of Zines, this publication is for anyone fascinated with the creepy and kooky, the weird and spooky.

Both entertaining and thought provoking, this publication reveals the most deep and murky aspects of the world in a way that is both unique and thoughtful.

JORGE RUANO – Changarro Press
Holding a background in graffiti and street art, this artist’s publication focuses specifically on illustration and design.

DAVE BAKER – Spector Island
With a variety of comics and zine including F— Off Squad and This is Not A Girl Gang, this proficient self publisher recently participated at the 2016 Long Beach Zine Fest.

Drawing on the biographical and autobiographical, this artist writes comics about her own personal experiences as well as those of her two friends.

FELIPE FLORES – Trabajo Press
Focusing on topics such as Social Justice, Punk Rock, and Pop Culture, Trabajo Press is well known for their flagship series, True Crimes of Orange County, which serves as an illustrated account of police brutality.

CHRISTIE SHINN – HoraTora Studios
Centered upon the premise of self resolution and problem solving, HoraTora Studios seeks to illustrate how one can recover from personal trauma in both a humorous and thoughtful way.

GEO OROZCO – The Rorschach Project
Hand illustrated and written, this dark comic touches on a multitude of genres including horror, thriller, and action.

LINDSEY MEJIA – Flowers Zine
Photography centric, Flowerszine is a beautiful showcase of florals combined with inspiring women.

DONNA LETTERESE – Draw D.V.L. Productions
Based primarily on art, illustration, and education, this independent publisher teaches children within L.A. County how to create and publish their own comics and zines!

As a photographer, musician, painter, and writer, this publishers work places a personal, yet metaphorical focus on the introspective, melancholic, and absurd.

Our monthly Art Walk Map, provided by the Los Angeles Times, will be available at the Art Walk Lounge and all participating galleries.

For more information, please visit our website or Facebook.


The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk takes place on the second Thursday of each month, attracting over 12,000 attendees to the Historic Core. For 12 years, Art Walk remains the premier self-guided public art phenomenon in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing together art lovers, community members, and repeat visitors who collect art, dine, and shop at local businesses.