Monday, February 14, 2011

Andrea Bowers | Legal Defense Fund

Artist and friend of WPA, Andrea Bowers, was recently arrested with three others trying to prevent the destruction of what once was an 11-acre old-growth forest in Arcadia, California. The Arcadia 4 were removed from trees and arrested for their efforts. Currently, they are facing criminal charges and have begun their legal battle.

The Arcadia 4 are in need of your support now more than ever. Any contributions towards their legal defense fund are greatly appreciated and make necessary actions such as this possible.

Please visit the website at to donate and show your support.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Javier Tapia | TRYHARDER pics

TRYHARDER has posted some pictures from the current show at WPA.
The current page also now has a slideshow.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Javier Tapia | Opening

Javier Tapia | Angst Journey, Where's the Dead Man's Chest
February 13 - March 6
Opening Reception February 12th, 7pm

Press Release

The latest project of the Chilean artist Javier Tapia, with the title: Angst Journey, Where's the Dead Man's Chest, will be presented at WPA in China Town, Los Angeles.
The show, opening on Feb. 12th at 19 o'clock, is scheduled to last until March 6th of 2011.

In this project Javier Tapia will present an all over installation who aims to create a metaphorical space, commenting in aspects of the human condition and its struggles of ambition, weather they are mental or physical. In order to build up this work, Javier Tapia is using mixed narrations; the first one is a direct reference to mountain climbing, more specifically, the climbing of mount Aconcagua, located in Chile, combined with the legend of El Dorado, used by aborigines in the Americas by the time the Conquerors of the New World arrived back in 1492.

The installation is combining mixed elements of theatrical scenography with aspects of scale model making, all together with sounds and light effects. The work invites the viewer to enter a pseudo monument, or a reference to a museum of natural history, where a sort of an ambiguous drama is being remembered and portrayed.

Javier Tapia was born in Santiago, Chile in 1972, and has been living in Europe since 1999. His education in Fine Arts has taken him to the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona between 1999 and 2001 and to a 6 years MFA program at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts between 2004 and 2010. In 2009 he was invited by UCLA to follow the program lead by Prof. Mary Kelly (US), where he had the chance to open his work to the artistic community of Los Angeles.

The exhibition is an initiative of the board members of WPA and is sponsored by the Danish Arts Council.

Gallery hours:
Open 12-6pm, Friday - Saturday or by appointment.