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"Undocumented Ground: L.A. Photographic Visionaries"
2004-08-06 until 2004-09-05
Crewest Gallery
Alhambra, CA, USA United States of America

Los Angeles' first graffiti artist owned art gallery, Crewest Gallery, in Alhambra, California, in cooperation with DickiesGirl, presents Undocumented Ground: L.A. Photographic Visionaries art exhibit. The ambitious and extensive collection of Los Angeles' finest urban underground photographers will feature approximately 95 photographs by 24 artists whose inspiration comes from the depths of the subliminal cultural statement the city of Los Angeles exudes. The artists capture this essence through the eye of the camera lens.

The artists featured are: Andres Pacheco, Aya Muto, B+ aka Brian Cross, Ben Higa, Diana McClure, Eriberto Oriol, Eric Coleman, Estevan Oriol, Eyeone, Galo ýMAKEţ Canote, Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, Hamztz, James Prigoff, Kevin Ramos, Luna One, Marco Romano, Maria Abigail Sandoval, Maria Madrigal, Marisa Estrada aka Ritzy Periwinkle, MonaLisa Whitaker, Patrick 'Pato' Herbert, Paul Redmond Veero Derkarabetian, and Yadira Sandoval. Long time leading L.A. graffiti artist Chaz Bojoroquez designed the exhibit logo and promotional flyer.

Undocumented Ground is a unique - expression of Los Angeles behind the scenes capturing the true, diverse nature of the city and its people. The purpose of the exhibit stands to reveal all that is typically unknown - the 'alternative' aspect of L.A. while offering a glimpse into the real world of these L.A. based artists. Undocumented Ground confronts and counters the stereotypical images of L.A. as 'Hollywood glitz and glamour.'

Curated by Elize Mazadiego, the exhibit will also include live djs spinning the best in underground music. The show runs through September 5, 2004. Crewest Gallery, a prominent art venture owned and operated by Man One, a Los Angeles leading graffiti artist, has hosted local and world renowned urban artists since its 2002 inception. The gallery operates as an advocate for underground artists featuring monthly exhibits including the promotion of local DJ's, bands, and more. 'We are interested in promoting good art, going beyond the pre-conceived notions that all graffiti is bad, negative, and pointless," comments Man One.

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 - '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.'

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