Pearl Paints teams up with LA Weekly and Known Gallery

April 13 2011 . 03:10pm

It’s really cool that Pearl and LA Weekly are really supporting Known Gallery like this! Find out more at: x

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Fairfax mural illegally buffed today |

April 07 2011 . 09:34pm


A graffiti removal crew accidentally started to paint over a valuable work of art on Fairfax Avenue today.

Workers from Graffiti Control Systems, which is hired by the city, started to whitewash the piece by Saber, Retna, Os Gemeos, Revok, Rime, Norm outside Known Gallery on Fairfax about noon, gallery owner Casey Zoltan tell us.

The crew apparently stopped when the building’s owner told them the year-old piece had been put up with permission, Zoltan said.

They call this graffiti control.

The incident happened one week before MOCA was set to open an unprecedented show, Art in the Streets, featuring some of the very same artists who saw the piece whitewashed today. We’re told planeloads of artists artists from around the world are coming to L.A. just to check out the MOCA event.

The company contracted by the city to do this (you can call 311 and have any wall within public sight cleaned up, we’re told) is Graffiti Control Systems. We talked to sales manager Josh Woods, who seemed sincerely apologetic.

While Zoltan says the building’s owner plans to sue, Woods said the company would do what it takes to restore the piece.

Woods said workers were told by several sources in the neighborhood that the mural was put up illegally and should come down. But after they started to paint over it someone notified them (we’re guessing the building’s owner) that it was put up with permission.

He said he has already talked to one of the mural’s artists:

I told him that we would rectify the situation. It was a mistake. We did not do it maliciously. It turned out to be misinformation. There was no intent whatsoever to destroy a mural. We were informed by people in the neighborhood that it was an illegal mural and was to come down. As soon as we were informed on site that it was there with permission we ceased removal.

He said workers would be back tomorrow in an attempt to remove the layer of paint and restore the mural. If that doesn’t work, Woods said the company would pay for art supplies so that the artists could restore it.

Zoltan said the rumor in the L.A. street art world is that the city would be taking down murals all around the Melrose area through the weekend.

Woods denied that, saying that his crew is regularly contracted to remove graffiti, and that the workers would be in the area cleaning up walls through Friday.

See original mural at:

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The making of DAZED series | Alessandro Gottardo aka SHOUT

March 29 2011 . 12:52pm

Alessandro Gottardo aka SHOUT has been in Italy working on his DAZED series of prints for his debut US show at Known Gallery.

Photos: Nicola Boccaccini

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Alessandro Gottardo & Kellesimone Waits Known Gallery 04-23-11

March 28 2011 . 05:31pm

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News on Alessandro Gottardo aka SHOUT

March 12 2011 . 01:28pm

SHOUT flew in NY last week to receive some awards from the Society of Illustrators. Congrats!

This is a photo of the first hand press print in the series he’s working on for his Known Gallery show..

Flair Magazine, Italy just did a 3 page interview with Shout about his exhibition at Known Gallery. It will be published in May 2011.


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