When: Every day from Tuesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 24, 2017
Where: Temple Street between Virgil and Beaudry, in Historic Filipinotown and Echo Park
Why: From 2009-2015, 5 people were killed and 21 people were seriously injured while traveling on Temple Street.
The City of Los Angeles is working to end traffic deaths through a program called Vision Zero. Temple Street Slow Jams is a part of that effort.
♦ SLOW JAM 1, 6/20: Casa Gloria (1450 W Temple map)
♦ SLOW JAM 2, 6/21: The Park’s Finest BBQ (1267 W Temple map)
♦ SLOW JAM 3, 6/22: Monarch Carpet (3120 W Temple map)
♦ SLOW JAM 4, 6/23: Temple Seafood Market (2422 W Temple map)
At each Slow Jam, find art-making in progress and join in crosswalk choreography and participatory public spectacles led by Public Matters. See times below.
WRDSMTH is a published author, screenwriter, former advertising copywriter, and an emerging street artist born and raised in the Midwest and now based in LA. Since 2013 WRDSMTH has combined stenciling and wheatpasting to temporarily tattoo walls in major cities around the world with indelible thoughts and phrases.
Jason Ostro’s warm personality, positive attitude, and keen eye have earned him the respect of artists and collectors in Los Angeles and beyond. In a few short years, he has built Gabba Gallery into a fixture on the LA art scene. Jason Ostro is also a Los Angeles-based artist. After starting with crayons and doodles at an early age, Jason has commissioned works across the United States. Enjoying free form flow in his art, he has painted small post cards to large murals.
Max Neutra is best known for his ongoing bunny street art project, originally created at a live painting event in Barcelona. Neutra describes the project as a study of space and motion, a meditation on achieving balance, and a pursuit of the perfect curve. During years painting publicly at events across several countries, Max developed his own signature technique, building up layers of acrylic paint as if it were watercotor. He creates images that have depth and motion seemingly contained within carefully honed borders. Today Max continues to foster a spirit of discovery while raising his daughter and creating art.
Sebastien Walker was born and raised in Paris, moved to Los Angeles in 2007, and earned his MFA at Otis School of Art and Design in 2011. He has since worked as a freelance designer for major clients and has developed as an artist in both illustration and public art. Walker is a member of The Seventh Letter crew; his first solo show debuted at The Seventh Letter Gallery in 2017. His compelling interest in urban art has ultimately brought him back to the cartoon world he grew up admiring, as he puts an adult twist on childlike iconography.
Public Matters is an artist-led, Los Angeles-based, award-winning social enterprise that connects people to their neighborhoods; fosters a sense of belonging and social purpose; and builds the capacity of residents and local organizations to shape their communities. It designs and implements long-term, place-based, art, media, education, and civic engagement projects that advance social change and nurture new creative civic leaders. Public Matters’ multi-sector projects bring together disciplines, institutions, and generations. Its team—made up of artists, educators, media professionals, cultural planners, and Fellows—strives to build social, creative, economic, and civic capital.
Temple Seafood Market / Dollar Hits, 2422 W Temple St.