|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE AUGUST 10th DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ART WALK
JULY 24th, 2017 –This August, the Downtown Art Walk is pleased to present a striking two-part photography series by artist Carol Cirillo Stanley. The first series titled “Moldable” documents the unique “personas” of the mannequins displayed behind Downtown L.A.’s storefront windows, while the second series, “Center Focus”, examines the way in which old and new converge amidst the redevelopment process in DTLA. Taking place from 6 to 10pm at the Downtown Art Walk Lounge, located at 634 S. Spring Street, this exhibition will give viewers an unexpected glance into areas of our city that are often overlooked, overshadowed, or under appreciated.
Participating galleries for this month’s Downtown Art Walk event include: Avenue des Arts Gallery, The Main Museum, The Fine Arts Building, Ren Gallery, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery, The Hive,The Spring Arts Collective, Little Tokyo Art Complex, El Playground Gallery and Lobby Gallery.
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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Mannequins are made in a variety of ways – the most common being through a molding or shaping process in the likeness of a real person: the mold is then used over and over to create the “perfect” form. The mannequins in this portfolio were all photographed in Downtown Los Angeles. With expressions ranging from sheer glee to utter disgust, these “beings” are difficult to ignore. Soon enough, viewers find themselves focusing more on the mannequins’ faces than on their clothing, and they cease to exist merely as clothing racks.
The buildings, the design, the urban prickle of movement and development, old replacing new at a rapid pace… Cirillo Stanley walks the streets looking for signs of the past amidst the patterns created by a city in rebirth. Working in both film and digital photographic mediums, Cirillo Stanley documents the strength and integrity of structures in rick black and white tones. Although human subjects are absent in her work, she nevertheless acknowledges the marks they have made in each scene, telling an imagined story of both past and present.
ABOUT THE ARTISTCarol Cirillo-Stanley has a studio gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, a perfect setting which allows her to take to the streets to capture the grit and spirit of its inhabitants and landscape. This ongoing exploration produces bodies of work and books showing the vibrancy and urgency of the city. Most projects build on others, expanding and combining past and present to create a dogged movement toward a contemplative understanding of our urban reality.
ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ART WALK
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.