Artist Talk with 2501 ~ October 15
October 13, 2015
Location: Hotel Figueroa, 939 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Date & Time: 15 October 2015, 7pm – 8pm
Following an inaugural reception with Russian artist collective, Varenye, the second installment of a burgeoning series of curated artist talks presented by the LA Fashion District in partnership with Do Art welcomes Italian muralist Jacopo Ceccarelli, aka 2501, to Downtown Los Angeles’ Hotel Figueroa on October 15, 2015.
Famed for his minimalist monochromatic murals accented with gilded gold shapes, 2501 unveils and discusses his newest works in Downtown LA. Commissioned by Carmel Partners and produced by Do Art, the two murals include a landmark 106-foot by 17-foot facade on Olive Street and 8th Street and another large-scale mural perched behind the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles on Hill Street and Olympic Boulevard.
Following a residency in Miami and hot on the heels of several major recent street art projects in Chicago, Detroit, Izmir (Turkey), and Rome, 2501 drew inspiration from Los Angeles’ Mexican culture to create a visual narrative comprised of five chapters, five circles. Featuring traditional animals and symbols that appear in both American and Mexican cultures, the five circles interact with each other, reflecting Los Angeles’ dynamism and diversity. In creating a visual exchange between the two-dimensional spaces, the context, and both cultures involved, the piece operates thematically, symbolically, architecturally, and perceptually, engaging viewers in the rhythmical sequence, both up-close and from afar.
“We have been admiring Jacopo’s work for years and are so thankful for the opportunity to have him painting and contributing his talents in Los Angeles. His astute attention to architecture and sophisticated style are aesthetically a great match and direction for the new paradigm that is developing in the urban core of LA.” – Carmen Zella – Founder & Executive Director of Do Art Foundation
Hailing from Milan, 2501 began his career tagging Italian trains before migrating to São Paolo, where he honed his skills and experienced a stylistic maturation, evidenced in the elegant yet edgy murals that have brought him global recognition and admiration. Indebted to geometry and inspired by architecture, 2501’s murals are often perception-challenging and optically-stimulating, with his signature linear gestuality creates abstract illusions that are both hypnotic and kinetic. In addition to natural collaborations with architects and architectural firms, 2501 continues to explore global metropolises, small-town communities, and multi-cum-interdisciplinary projects through his ongoing Nomadic Experiment (http://nomadicexperiment.com). From fellow street artists to international curators to elite collectors, 2501’s tasteful aesthetics have drawn praise from a wide range of peers and patrons alike, confirmed by the number of global capitals and countries in which he has shown and/or created work: from London, Paris, Montreal, Moscow, New York, and Miami, to Mongolia, Nepal, Tunisia, Australia, Poland, Germany, Brazil, and Italy. For more information, please visit the artist’s website: http://2501.org.uk/
About Hotel Figueroa
Built in 1925, this artsy, Moroccan-inspired hotel is positioned to become the premier boutique destination for artists and creatives in downtown Los Angeles. Hosting residencies for Do Art Foundation and showcasing international talent, this progressive model is supporting the downtown community by facilitating cultural exposure to artists hosted in the South Park community.
About Do Art
Do Art is a nonprofit organization that develops multi-disciplinary artistic projects and programs with—and for—the public to bring creative insight and inspiration to contemporary culture. Working closely with community members, civic leaders, and artists, Do Art produces custom-conceived projects that are designed with each specific location in mind, tailoring every project to the specific needs and wants of the community it is serving. As a liaison and incubator, Do Art not only bridges the gap between creatives, developers, and funders, but also fosters fledgling and emerging artists, granting them exposure in the public realm while connecting them with municipal resources. Do Art works to ensure it impacts the communities it serves in a positive way, embracing art as a tool of empowerment and engagement, progress and transformation, community cohesion and cultural evolution. For more information, please visit: http://doartfoundation.org
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