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Work In Progress: Roger Gastman and Doug Davis’ New Art Marketplace

All images courtesy of Work In Progress

So here’s a dope Black Friday alternative if you’re in Los Angeles: Cultural mad-hatter and all-round friend to the people Roger Gastman has co-curated a pop art installation and marketplace just in time for the holidays.

Work in Progress (W.I.P.) will temporarily breath new creative life into a long-defunct karaoke bar in Downtown L.A., transforming the 5,000-plus-square-foot venue into contemporary art funhouse. Set your sights on (or if you’ve got the loot, go home with) works by the likes of POSE, REVOK, Richard Colman, Shawn Kolodny, Adam Wallacavage, Cleon Petersen, Tasya Van Ree, and Sage Vaughn.


The exhibition has been designed around the location’s one surviving karaoke room, with the eight connecting exhibition spaces serving as individual galleries dedicated to each artist on view. The offerings and artistic wares in each room will be added to on the reg, making the market an ever-changing work in progress in and of itself.

And get your vocal warm-up on before you head over because, no joke, you can put that remaining, fully-functioning karaoke room to good use. The setting for your killer no-I’m-not-just-saying-that rendition of Sweet Child O’ Mine will be decked out by the warped perfection of Adam Wallacavage, chandelier maker extraordinaire.


“Typically, these artists have extensive waiting lists for their work,” explains Gastman. “It could be months before collectors can access their work. Between us, [fellow co-curator] Doug [Davis] and I know an incredible number of talented contemporary artists and we wanted to do something a bit crazy to get their work in front of the people who want to see it.”

Davis agrees. “What excites me the most about Work In Progress is that we have made fine art and an art marketplace more accessible to everyone.”


Following opening festivities on Friday, November 27, programming at W.I.P. will be curated by filmmaker and writer, Shelley Leopold. So far on deck: a host of art-driven lectures and discussions, performances, book signings, and the availability of limited edition ‘zines, plus the promise of community-driven art awareness programs.

Work In Progress (317 S. Boylston Street, Los Angeles) opens to the public on Black Friday and remains open through December 27, 2015. Regular exhibition hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1-9 p.m., with extended hours the week of Christmas.


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