MURAL UNVEILING & GROUP EXHIBITION 11/11/11


Madison Marquette and MK2 Projects will unveil an art mural completed by Shepard Fairey on November 11th, 2011.

Shepard Fairey designed and will be painting a 30ft high mural on the former Continental Graphic’s Building, newly renovated by Madison Marquette as ‘District La Brea’. The mural will stretch across the south end of the District La Brea Complex at La Brea Avenue and 2nd Street. A reception for the mural and Group Art Exhibition will take place on Friday 11/11 at MK2 Projects.

GROUP ART EXHIBITION – 161 S. La Brea Ave, 90036
OPENING RECEPTION – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2011, 7-10 PM

In conjunction with the District La Brea Mural, there will be a 2 week group art exhibition which will open on Friday November 11th featuring original artwork by: Shepard Fairey, Deedee Cheriel, Mercedes, Helnwein, Mark Whalen (Kill Pixie), Mel Kadel, Travis Millard, Matt Small, Samuel Lowder (FrePrs), Lezley Saar, Aiko Nakagawa,
Todd Carpenter and Steven R. Gilmore.

To attend the show you must RSVP : info@mkgallery.com

Madison Marquette, a leading investor, developer and operator of retail and mixed use real estate throughout the United States and owner of LaBrea, started the adaptive reuse development two years ago after purchasing eleven buildings on S. LaBrea Avenue between 1st and 2nd Street. The vision for LaBrea is to create a destination of retail, restaurants, galleries and creative offices that blend well with the existing neighborhood and become a true urban District.

Upon the completion of the second phase of LaBrea earlier this year, Madison Marquette teamed up with Merry Karnowsky of MK2 Projects to create this lasting art installation on the side of the historic Continental Graphics Buildings.

“This mural fits the vision of LaBrea beautifully. It reflects the artistic and creative landscape of this historic neighborhood and we are honored to display the work of such a renowned artist throughout the next year and as we complete the redevelopment ,” said Brandton Leitze, General Manager for LaBrea.

Karnowsky, who has worked with Fairy in the past added “I’ve known Shepard for a long time and in addition to having ideas that  awe and inspire at a scale this large, he is also someone who cares about this community and who supports what we are trying to create here.” MK2 Projects’ focus is to give artists opportunities to complete projects in the spirit of collaboration and that inspire other artists and people in the community.

To celebrate the completion of the mural, LaBrea is hosting a 2 week group art exhibition that will open on Friday November 11.The exhibition will feature original artwork by Shepard Fairey and several other artists who have worked in some capacity on public projects as part of their artistic journey and who embrace the idea of collaboration with other types of artists, designers and musicians. The Group Exhibition will run from Friday, November 11 through Saturday, November 26, 2011 at MK2 Projects within LaBrea, at 161 S. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90036.

For more information on MK2 Projects or the art exhibition email: info@mkgallery.com or call 323.933.4408

About La Brea

“La Brea”, is an adaptive re-use development project on La Brea Avenue between 1st and 2nd in Los Angeles, CA  and includes a 125 space parking garage; which can be accessed through the alley off of 2nd Street between La Brea and Detroit..  The Project features eleven buildings being transformed to host a complementary mix of retail, dining and creative offices.  Formerly the site of an Edsel Automobile dealership in the 1950’s, the building was later headquarters to one of LA’s premier printing shops, Continental Graphics Corporation.  Each building’s unique characteristics, including wood truss ceilings, exposed brick and steel beams, are being highlighted.  Madison Marquette is inviting an eclectic mix of emerging regional and local retail and dining brands to put down roots, carefully curating the La Brea experience to build on the area history.  Today the neighborhood hosts an eclectic mix of showrooms, galleries and retailers with long histories on La Brea Avenue including American Rag, Undefeated, La Brea Bakery and Pink’s.
About Madison Marquette

Madison Marquette is a Washington, D.C.-based investor, developer and operator of retail and retail mixed-use real estate throughout the United States. The company specializes in creating unique retail destinations that respond best to consumer preferences. With regional offices in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Charlotte, San Francisco, Boca Rotan, Seattle and San Diego, Madison Marquette seeks investment opportunities in growing markets. The company maintains a sophisticated in-house operating capability and oversees 18 million square feet of retail real estate. This diverse national portfolio includes many properties that Madison Marquette manages and leases on behalf of third-party owners. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.madisonmarquette.com.


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