“Made in Los Angeles” showcases poignant and proud art, steeped in SoCal tradition with its roots in Aztec and Olmec mythologies, imbued with loss and love. Featuring over twenty artists from the Greater Los Angeles area, “Made in Los Angeles” runs through March 22 at Smoking Mirrors Gallery in Pomona.
The show reflects a strong urban sensibility and one that is distinctive to the Southland–sugar skulls, ghetto birds, sunsets, cityscapes, the LA River and LA graffiti, custom cars, curvaceous women, tattoos and Marilyn Monroe. Outside the gallery, metal-flaked muscle cars and super styled low riders from the Usuals Car Club and the Tribe Car Club glistened under the streetlamps. Inside tracks were spinning, the energy was high, and the art glowed and glowered with Cholo cool and Chicano style.