This past Friday night marked the third annual These Friends exhibition at Highland Park’s THIS Gallery. Featuring work by more than 100 artists (friends), the gallery walls were filled top to bottom with photographs, paintings, etchings, and other two- and three-dimensional pieces. Friday’s opening was scheduled from 7PM to 10PM, and when I arrived at 7:30PM the little gallery on Figueroa was already packed to the gills with artists, friends, fans, and passersby sipping beer and admiring their impressive surroundings.
Prices in These Friends range from “affordable” to “maybe next year,” starting with Ssippi’s wooden tops at $10 and working up to Jon Rajkovich’s Tannin Rabbit at $7,500. Many pieces, even by established artists, clock in at under $1000–a little steep for many of us at the opening, but an exciting prospect of buying for anyone who has spent time in the more established (and more expensive) galleries in Culver City.
These Friends Three is the third exhibition of it’s type that THIS has hosted since opening in February 2010. Each year the five masterminds behind THIS Gallery, Aaron Farley, Dan Monick, Justin Van Hoy, and Claire and Jeremy Weiss, gather more than 100 artists participate in the show. Pieces to be displayed salon style on the gallery walls, often three or four frames high. Every year the roster changes, but many artists in These Friends Three are THIS gallery veterans, like photographers Bryan Sheffield and Alex Prager and painter Jeremy Shockley.
Eastsiders should be sure to stop by THIS Gallery to capture a glimpse into the young art community in Los Angeles in These Friends Three. The gallery provides a warm and welcoming setting for seasoned gallery-goers and the casual browser to see a range of work that is being produced by young artists around Los Angeles.
These Friends Three will be on view through March, allowing you to stop by Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 6PM. THIS Gallery is located at 5906 N. Figueroa Street in Highland Park.