Walker believes in “cross-fertilization,” stating that the creativity of others, whether it be the written word or a more tactile medium, influences his work. “We inspire one another to think differently and create new work.”
To illustrate that sentiment, many of the local authors who have inspired Walker’s stylistically-varied pieces will be on hand to read from their works, including Lainnie Capouya, Celeste Gonzalez, Cheryl Klein, Tim Stiles, Ariana Rodriquez, and Jervey Tervalon. “I think all the artists I know are great readers and find authors who speak to them in ways that resonate with their artistic approach.”
This particular collection has been created for the Literature for Life website.
Walker is also curating a complementary exhibition in Avenue 50’s Annex Gallery. Eleven artists have contributed portraits of artists who have influenced their work. John Valadez will show a portrait of Charles Bukowski, Mark Steven Greenfield highlights Ralph Ellison; Francisco Letelier comes with an image of Eduardo Galeano, and Poli Marichal will show her portrait of Cèsar Vallejo.
“Words on Paper/Works on Paper,” Solo show by J. Micheal Walker
Opening reception, Sat., Nov. 10th, 7-9 p.m.
Show runs Nov. 10th-Dec. 3rd
Author readings, Sun., Nov. 11th, afternoon
Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park 90042
For more info, visit avenue50studio.com or call 323.258.1435
“From Bukowski to St. John the Evangelist,”
Eleven L.A. Artists Portray Their Most Influential Author”
Opening reception, Sat. Nov. 10th, 7-10 p.m.
Show runs through Sun., Dec. 3rd