In the spirit of bringing you, the Downey audience, unique and interesting art shows, our own Roy Anthony Shabla has conceived and is curating an event February 5th called “Contraptions,” with the subtitle “electrified, mechanized, digitized, funk-junk art show.” With as much technology in the world today, it’s long overdue that these feats of engineering get their own artistic spin.
The show features multimedia installations and robo-art by Greenie Arts, Carlos Durazo, Roy Anthony Shabla, David R Youel, Ruben Acosta, Ronnie Contreras, Nader Ghassemlou, Kevin Yoshikawa, DC Pimp Angel and many others. Shabla describes that he hopes the show has “a festival atmosphere with performance artists and roving poets… the show is democratic and open to any artist working in the mechanized, recycled junk world… think george herms electrified. think burning man. think multi-media explosion…”
Sunday, February 5th, 2012 outside Downey’s newest barber shop “Number 34,” operated by Downey’s home-grown hair-styling legend Ronnie Contreras. The show is 5pm to 9pm.
Ronnie, his shop, and their hope that it will become a new arts destination for the city, was covered by a great article in The Downey Beat, New take on an old idea: Downey hair cutter to host art shows, poetry at barber shop.
The shop is located at 9029 Florence Avenue, Downey 90240.
Just to add to the spectacle, the Superbowl game will be broadcast inside Number 34. 50 gift bags are promised as well.
Some of the sponsors include:
If you are interested in showing a piece as well, you can contact Roy at his website, RoyAnthonyShabla.com or email .
[Updated 1/22/12 with new artists]