IRIS: Act 1 at Innerspace Gallery DTLA
One Friday afternoon — specifically, Friday the 29th of April, 2022 — I was walking around Downtown Los Angeles with nowhere in particular to be.
I saw a small crowd of people gathering around the entrance to a place with flashing lights and booming music, so I headed over to the front door of 110 Winston Street and discovered it was a small independent art gallery called Innerspace Gallery. (See also: their instagram.)
The gallery was hosting an event called IRIS: Act 1.
From IRIS’s description, the event was “an immersive experience featuring NFTs, live house music DJs, a bar, and most importantly a vibrant community.” When I first went in, I didn’t know it was about NFTs. I don’t personally support NFTs in any way, and none of my art will ever be minted into NFTs. I will never, ever make an NFT.
That being said, it was still a very cool art show. One of their goals was to exhibit NFT art in real life, but that’s… that’s just an art show. I mean who cares if you put the word NFT in there? What’s it going to do, make it more difficult? The whole NFT thing makes absolutely no sense.
Although I can’t link to artist NFT websites, I can link to their social media. The show featured work by Proof of Consciousness, Monks, Stardust Society, and Z-Hovak. The DJs were Furious George, Kristian Sabatino, and Styling with Ease.
The space itself was really cool too, I love how it was set up! The back opened up as a garage into an alley.
They had a great bar full of moss and rocks and plants, carved into an amazing old piece of wood. I really loved this bar, what a cool idea.
I also liked the trash can. Almost seemed like it was part of the show. Certainly it was part of the overall vibe.
Here are some of my favorite pieces.
My Mirror Selfie Progression
I’m always a big fan of when artistic places have more art in the bathrooms. I hate it when I go somewhere cool and the bathroom is plain. Expand the theme into the whole building! Innerspace Gallery did a good job.
This place was great! I had an awesome time and really want to go back. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like they’ve held another event since. I met a lot of cool people here, artists, owners, dancers, etc. and there was a ton of interest in the space, so I’m not sure what the issue would be. But the space seems inactive now.
I hope they put on another event, perhaps less NFT-focused, because I’ll return in a heartbeat.