Friday, May 24, 2013

Art for the Whole Family: Lego-Themed "Art of the Brick" Makes Its Los Angeles Premiere

Art of the Brick

New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya has found quite a niche: the self-proclaimed "Brick Artist" creates art out of thousands and thousands of Lego pieces. The result? The first art exhibit that you and your kids can truly enjoy together, even on completely different levels.

The Franklin Avenue family -- including the Blogger Kid and the Blogger Toddler 2.0 -- attended the premiere party on Thursday of "Art of the Brick," the first Los Angeles exhibition of Sawaya's work. "Art of the Brick" can currently be found at one of L.A.'s best-kept museum secrets: The Forest Lawn Museum, tucked high up on a hill in Glendale. (You may remember we wrote about a tiki art exhibit at the Forest Lawn Museum in 2008.)

"These works are very personal to me, since they reflect my growth as an artist as I strove to discover my creative identity," Sawaya says on the "Art of the Brick" exhibition webpage. "The museum exhibition is accessible because it engages the child in all of us while simultaneously illuminating sophisticated and complex concepts. Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home. But my goal with this exhibition when it first debuted in 2007 was to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before."

It's worth a visit to Forest Lawn -- particularly with the kids in tow. "Art of the Brick" runs through July 21. Some pics from the opening night party:

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The Forest Lawn museum

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Blues band performs at the "Art of the Brick" opening night party -- the folks at the Forest Lawn museum know how to do it, with free wine and beverages and an assortment of hors d' oeuvres! (Check out the little green Lego guy holding up the music stand).

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