Tons of Red Bull, street art, and leather made up the scene at Lab Art in West Hollywood when Red Bull Curates: The Road to Basel event kicked off a multi-city tour with a bang on April 5th. Local artists, musicians, curators, and art aficionados turned up en mass to show their support of Los Angeles’ arts community—and they showed up in grunge-inspired outfits. From the leather boots to tattoos to band tees, Lab Art felt more like the music video set of Smells Like Teen Spirit than a gallery showing.
The main highlight of the night for art-lovers, besides the open bar and beats by DJ Morse Code, was a life-size papier-mache cow that paid homage to the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Nearly everyone, including the artists themselves, couldn’t resist a photo-op with the purple-striped bovine. Everything from the walls to the ceilings was covered in street-art, and from the Andy Warhol-esque paintings to politically charged collages, each piece felt young and fresh.
The event, funded by the non-profit Red Bull and Arts Fund and organized to showcase the most innovative art in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Miami, was also a competition. Each artist entered in the contest painted a cooler of Red Bull while staying true to his or her original style. Celebrity judges including Taryn Manning, Domingo Zapata, and Jon Reiss took their time surveying each piece and scribbled notes on clipboards while the rest of us texted cooler-specific codes to a number provided by the event.
At the end of the night it was announced that contemporary artists Gregory Siff, Hans Haveron, and Lydia Emily had won an all expense-paid trip to compete in the Red Bull Curates showcase during Miami’s Art Basel later this year. To see the winning projects and follow the upcoming Red Bull Curates events, click here.
Photo courtesy of Colin Young-Wolf/Red Bull Content Pool and shop.labartgallery.com.