This weekend my friend and I went exploring downtown L.A. and stopped at an art show called the Fabrik Expo. I hardly ever take the time to explore new art venues and I want to change that this year. The event was held in the Downtown warehouse district and it was pretty hidden but once we found parking and went inside we were greeted with a wonderful variety of artistic styles. Some of the artists were set up outside so they could be working on artwork. According to their website the purpose of the Fabrik Expo is to give artists to show in a gallery setting that might not otherwise get a chance. We really enjoyed talking to all the different artists about their artwork and what inspires
This is a photo of Hong Kong artist Cassian Kai Shun Lau working on a mural.
them to create. It was also a chance to have a conversation about our own artwork and future goals.
One artist that we stopped to talk to for a long time was Rhea Carmi. She was full of energy and was so excited to tell us about her process. She creates artwork using a variety of materials like oil, sand, wood, water, paper, and canvas. She mixes all the materials and layers them to create abstract pieces that look like natural patterns seen in nature due to erosion. She even had us touch her paintings to feel the textures. It was such a unique idea to be invited to touch an artwork. She told us she pours the different materials onto the canvas and then moves the canvas around as she adds layers, the canvases paint themselves. You can view her work at rheacarmi.com.
The Expo was a great chance to check out new artists and talk about different art events in L.A. I am making it a goal this year to get more involved in my art community.
To check out more about the Fabric Expo please visit: fabrikexpo.com
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Heather Norris is an Art Educator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Fine Artist.