FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Concrete Walls Projects at Autonomie
ART & LITERACY PROJECT
A community art & literary project with Mark Twain Middle School
Organized by Devon Tsuno
Reception & Book Drive at Autonomie
Friday May 2, from 6 – 8pm
Los Angeles, CA – April 21, 2014 / - Concrete Walls Projects presents a one-night art and literary exhibition by 23 students from Mark Twain Middle School, at Autonomie, a non-profit art gallery in Midcity, Los Angeles located at 4742 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. While exploring the topic of community, and the similarities of visual art and literary languages; students will be displaying their art collaboration, participating in a public reading and distributing two thousand, three-color risograph prints for free to the public on Friday, May 2, from 5 to 8pm.
In response to author Paul Fleischman’s book Seedfolks, 7th and 8th grade A.V.I.D. (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students communicate through writing projects, how they are inspired and uniquely contribute to their various communities. As a class, they collaborated with art director & graphic designer Sam Cho, artist Devon Tsuno and their teacher Jill Usui. They utilized Cornell note-taking writing techniques and contemporary art methods, to create a text based artwork that unites a diverse vision, and represents all of their rumination on community.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a selection of art books, essays and catalogs donated by the LA art community for the Concrete Walls Art Reference Library, will be on display. This art reference library will be on loan to rotating nominated public middle school and high school classrooms throughout the greater Los Angeles Area, starting with Mark Twain Middle School. Selections on display will include art books and essays by Laura Aldridge, Aandrea Stang, Tim Bavington, G. James Daichendt, Finishing School, Colin Glasgow, Dave Hickey, Jon Leaver, Jaybe Lee, Anna Mayer, Manual History Machines, James MacDevitt, Simone Montemurno, Christine Nguyen, David Pagel, Devon Tsuno and others.
The public is invited to contribute to the library, by donating contemporary art books, zines, catalogs, magazines, or essays during the reception at Autonomie Gallery. Donated books must be age appropriate for 6th - 12th grade age students. Please donate in person, to meet some of the students, parents and teachers who will directly benefit from the library.
More about the Concrete Walls Art Reference Library
This art reference library is being created to document and share with young students, the profound breath of knowledge and history, within the greater Los Angeles art community. The library will be on loan, rotating at different nominated 6th - 12th grade classrooms, with its inauguration at Mark Twain Middle School. The project includes visiting artists and projects, conducted by volunteer library contributors. This project functions as a teaching tool for instructors, and provides assistance in all subjects of study. The artists live, work and are inspired by the very same neighborhoods in which the students also live and attend school. The books are a direct line of communication between the Los Angeles art community, with those neighborhood youths. The Concrete Walls Library represents a community of artists, writers, curators and creative institutions, who are dedicated to provide the needed resources to teach, inspire and prepare the visionary thinkers of tomorrow.
Autonomie is an institution dedicated to meeting the needs of emerging and mid-career artists. As a non-profit gallery we host exhibitions, workshops and community building activities that encourage personal and professional growth. Autonomie is also a vital resource for locating grants, residencies, curatorial support and educational opportunities. http://autonomieprojects.com/
About Concrete Walls Projects
Concrete Walls (CW) founded in 2003 is an artist-run-curatorial project that focuses on building community by facilitating collaborations, educational projects, and group exhibitions throughout Southern California. For over a decade CW has worked with over 200 artists with the goal of creating pathways of communication with LA residents. Directed by founder/artist Devon Tsuno, CW is also informed by long time collaborators like artists Janice Gomez, Rochelle Botello, Fatima Hoang, Derric Eady, Macha Suzuki and Christine Nguyen. Functioning as a support system for emerging artists and students CW provides documentation, space, institutional support and the most relevant and needed resources (both material and human) by collaborating with LA's diverse creative community. Originally located on Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles CW began as an artist-run-space, Concrete Walls Gallery (2003-2008). Today, Concrete Walls Projects functions as a mobile project organizing exhibitions and education projects at non-profits, community centers, colleges and artist-run-galleries in the greater Los Angeles area. http://www.concretewallsprojects.com/