Black Apple Gallery is known for hosting some truly extraordinary events and their latest production, Contraband 2, held this year at Sofitel’s Riviera31 was nothing short of spectacular. Yes, spectacular. A little curious having a slightly anarchic street art show at one of LA’s chicest hotels, sure, but I’m going with the idea that maybe there was some sort of commentary about society that I’ll be trying to decode for a minute…. artsy shit. Anyway, regardless of my OCD like need to unveil meanings behind art shows, the show all together appeared to be a complete success; in true art opening-night fashion drinks were flowing, a DJ was spinning, LA’s most art savvy (I’d like to think I’m included in that statement) and curious folk alike were in attendance, and throughout the entire show I witnessed red dot after red dot go up on just about every piece on display. Red dot means sold fyi, if you didn’t know that it’s time we get your ass to an art show ya slacker! They’re awesome!
Black Apple Gallery pays very close attention to what’s good on the streets, and who/what seems to be making serious cultural impacts, so for this particular show the Gallery hand-picked 15 of the worlds most highly regarded street artists to take part in this one night only event. Artists from all over the world, from London, Norway, Paris, to Japan brought in pieces specifically for the attitudes and tastes of us, dare I say… quite special, Angelenos. Each artist truly expressed a different facet to what exactly ‘urban street art’ means to us; we experienced pieces from true spray paint graffiti, ironic stenciled commentaries on relevant social topics, beautifully depicted beauties, etc – all created with a wide range of mediums and of course a variety of materials and items in which the pieces were rendered on. Contraband 2 had quite a bit of variety but the message and common thread was loud and clear. Black Apple Gallery had one of the incredible artists, Ben Naz, create a limited edition print release specifically produced for the show titled “LA Love”. …you know that saying “nothing haunts us like the things we didn’t buy”? Welp. I’m haunted. But the good news is this sort of experience, this “one night only”, “only in Los Angeles, “ultra exclusive” urban street art production seems to be the thing with Black Apple Gallery, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for us next. Stay up-to-date on the latest Black Apple Gallery news too and hopefully we’ll see you at the next one – blackappleart.com
And while you’re at it, knowledge yourself and check out the Contraband 2 Artists: