Graffiti Artist Panel:
Turning the Ephemeral into the Permanent | LA Made

Panelists: Chaz Bojorquez, Petal, Zoueh, Aiseborn
Moderators: Man One and Scott “Sourdough” Power
Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm (followed by book and print signing)
Location: Central Library @ Mark Taper Auditorium
*Get your free tickets via Eventbrite

This panel will discuss how contemporary Los Angeles graffiti artists have gone from creating temporary works of street art to permanent and important “marks" on society. Through the publishing of their work in books, the installation of permanent murals, and original canvas works collected by both private individuals as well as important institutions, graffiti art has become an art form that exists beyond the short-lived nature of street tags.

The artists on the panel will share their unique experiences and the evolution of their work toward becoming a lasting tradition. The panel will be curated by myself and Scott "Sourdough" Power (Crewest Studio founders and hosts of the Not Real Art podcast) and will feature graffiti artists Chaz Bojorquez, Petal, AiseBorn, and Zoueh.

Following the panel discussion, I will be doing a book signing of my first picture book, Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remixwhich is currently receiving national awards and accolades for its colorful and original illustration work. Books, prints and other merchandise will be available by the other artists as well.


In case you haven't heard, I'm a officially a podcaster now!

NOT REAL ART is the name our show and I'm happy to be co-hosting it with my long time friend and collaborator, Scott “Sourdough” Power.

If you’re looking for a high brow art show streaming from an ivory tower, this ain't it.

But, if you prefer your culture served raw and unfiltered straight from the front-lines, NOT REAL ART is just for you! We are a pro-artist and anti-art-snob show. We celebrate artists as we call out the B.S. in the art world. We're having a great time recording these episodes (as you will hear) and we will start adding guests to the show very soon!

Most episodes are only 15-30 minutes long to make it easy to binge on. 
So have a listen and please like, share and comment, we love to hear the feedback!

Photos by BIRDMAN
(Instagram @birdmanphotos)






Excited to be part of this temporary exhibit at the Rendon in the Arts District. I decided to participate in a different fashion than normal. Instead of painting I've decided to create a humanitarian art performance or intervention as I'd like to call it. Read below for my concept...

NOT REAL ART | an art residency | Room #37
featuring the work of skid row artist:
(presented by Man One)

I found it ironic (and thought provoking at the same time) that a hotel was willing to give me the “keys” to a room and provide “shelter” for my art while thousands of our homeless brothers and sisters live in tents on the streets all around this hotel in it's Downtown Los Angeles location.

I decided to take advantage of my “privilege” (as an invited artist) to shine the spotlight on someone who could benefit more from all the attention of this artistcentric
experience rather than me. It quickly became evident that an artist intervention would be the most honest way for me to express myself at this event.

My humanitarian art performance piece, that I’m simply calling the “NOT REAL ART: an artist residency”, is to host an up and coming homeless artist to take over the room that I had been granted by the organizers and see what he could do with such a space if given the chance.

Thanks to my skid row friends and art activists, General Jeff and SkidRobot, I was introduced to the fabulous work of an incredibly gifted “jedi artist” simply known as: ShowzArt

His transformation of room #37 gives the viewer a split view of his two worlds. Half the room is a safe look into his current conditions of living and creating on the streets of skid row while the other half is his bright and optimistic future (and soon to be self-fulfilling prophecy) of being recognized and taken seriously as the contemporary fine artist that he is. A yin yang experience, if you will, of artistry and creativity awaits for you inside.

*Thank you to Cindy Schwarzstein and the organizers of this event for allowing amuch needed dialogue about the important issues we face daily in our community like gentrification, displacement and homelessness in Los Angeles.

You can buy tickets here.

*Check out the teaser video and process pics below...

ShowzArt Bio:
ShowzArt, is a virtuoso artist or rather an “art jedi” (as he prefers to be known). Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1977; he attributes his passion for community and “making a difference” to his mother Sherita J. Herring (of the Kreative Images Foundation). Early in his life she instilled it upon him that it's important to inspire and support others.

He also credits his father, Gerrie E. Herring (also an artist), with his illustrative abilities. Where as early as he can remember, ShowzArt sat next to him, absorbing everything he could from his unique artistic talents.

At the young age of 6 years old, he relocated with his family to the west coast and landed in South Central Los Angeles. Around 1988, he was first introduced into the graffiti tagging game of his peers but once in high school, he dropped the cans and picked up the brushes. He’s always understood that what sets him apart from the crowd is his abilities as an artist no matter the medium.

Actively working from the streets of Skid Row in Downtown LA, to sitting in the board rooms of City Hall, Showzart has consistently been instrumental in fighting for equal rights for everyone, and creating programs and services that aid not only the disenfranchised, but create opportunities for all races, religions and nationalities.

He is currently working hard on his dream career goals of showing his fine art in major galleries around the globe so he can experience life travelling the world with his two kids.

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