Although many artists have flocked to industrial areas of Los Angeles for decades, there has been a rapid increase in this movement over the past 5 years. Especially in the Downtown Arts District and the NorthEast L.A. neighborhoods of Silverlake, Glassell Park, Mt. Washington, Frogtown, and Atwater.
The below is excerpted from a WSJ Magazine feature article on Michael Kelley in 2013.
At a time when rising-star artists earned their stripes in New York, Kelley also stood apart for championing Los Angeles, a once-sleepy art scene that now simmers with younger talents like painter Mark Grotjahn and sculptor Sterling Ruby—both in their early-to-mid forties—who say they moved there in part to study with Kelley or work nearby. In fact, his thrift-store aesthetic has arguably influenced the way younger artists everywhere think about making art. “Mike brought the lowest, base forms of pop culture into the arts,” says Ruby. “That’s big with my generation, but he was the pioneer.”
It just so happens that we were involved in real estate transactions with each of these artists (Kelley, Ruby and Grotjahn). The neighborhoods were, Glassell Park, Frogtown, and Vernon, respectively.
Currently we have a 9,000 square foot brick building with fenced yard available for lease along the L.A. River bordering Glassell Park and Frogtown.