'Work In Progress' Pop-Art Marketplace Opens in Downtown L.A.

Courtesy of Roger Gastman
The Work In Progress pop-art marketplace

Just in time for Black Friday: Pieces by renowned street artists POSE, REVOK and Richard Colman, among others, are on display and on sale.

Art collectors and curators Roger Gastman and Doug Davis don't believe that Black Friday should be reserved for big box stores and malls. They want to encourage the purchase of art, so the two friends and collaborators teamed up for Work In Progress, a combination exhibit and marketplace in downtown Los Angeles opening officially on Nov. 27.

Among the works featured in the show are pieces by up and coming street artists POSE, REVOK, Richard Colman and Shawn Kolodny, among other young talents from the pop-art world. Also displayed are select prints by Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari, all of which are available for purchase.

Highlights include the combination function-plus-art pieces by POSE, who hails from Chicago and makes use of reclaimed wood and other materials from his home neighborhood in addition to spray and acrylic paint. A series of row houses along with crates, benches and a row boat illustrate his technique. Work in Progress is also debuting a new car crash series by POSE in his signature collage style.

Another stand-out series is the Greek-inspired graffiti art of Cleon Peterson, presented both on canvas and in neon.


A self-portrait by L.A. graffiti artist REVOK —  his drop cloth mounted to canvas (see above)  is one of several high-ticket items, going for $50,000. Three works by San Francisco-based Richard Colman have already sold.

Other media presented at WIP include stunning multiple-exposure photography by Tasya van Ree and the octopus chandeliers of artist Adam Wallacavage.

Having the pieces available for purchase in real time, with additional pieces on hand, was key. "Instead of going to watch art," says Gastman, why not go shopping for it? The barrier of entry, he asserts, should not exist in the form of a waiting list. In addition, it was important that the collectors get to meet and interact with the artists, which they will have the opportunity to do on Nov. 27 when WIP opens officially. 

Support from Davis, a noted music attorney and philanthropist and the son of industry legend Clive Davis, made it all possible. "Doug's involvement helps put the art in the right hands," says Gastman who boasts that 75 percent of the art he's curated is ultimately placed with collectors. 

W.I.P. has set up shop in a defunct karaoke club at 317 S. Boylston St. and will be open daily until Dec. 27.

For more information, go to workinprogressgallery.com.