The night was supposed to be awesome bliss from beginning to end. I left my 9-5 early, The NCAA Tourney had started, and I was 4-0 in my bracket. The world was in my hands. I was all set (after harassing her for days on FB) to arrive at Lab Art Los Angeles for the Annie Preece show and gladly receive and raise my soup can like it was an Oscar. But the man upstairs had plans to change that. (Laughs)
So After sitting in California traffic for 3 hours (San Diego to LA drive is only 90 miles) I finally reach the show. After holding in all my jealousy from the social media pics of folks promoting their soup cans and I’m sitting in my car with a root beer. Man eff this, I want a soup can! It was there that I knew the night was in for a whirlwind, just didn’t know it would be of the awesome kind!
So I finally get to LA and just know my next obstacle is a parking spot, which is damn near impossible in the area of a hot event so I was already expecting to pay some coin. I was too determined to get a soup can that the price of parking was miniscule in comparison. But to my luck, and a crazy ass U-turn, a spot was open! And within two blocks from Lab Art!
Suddenly, the luck was turning and I had the pep back in my step. Arriving at the event was like entering your favorite club in NYC. Pretty Girl at the door and huge dude beside her. I gave my name (because I was on the list, I’m not cool…lol) and we spent at least 5 minute trying to find my last name. After realizing that I had too many letters in it to be spelling it out in public, she says “I know you wouldn’t just stand here if you weren’t supposed to be here, so go in” with a smile. It’s definitely not a real word, but somehow “awesome sauce” was my response. (Laughs)
Walking in the show was like POW! Dope painting here, Bang! Dope painting there! It was insane! All the hard work Annie put in was on display right in front of all of us. I immediately started to think about her daily posts of hard work in preparing for this massive event and quickly said to another person at the show “She’s fucking awesome for this!” they agreed.
Now begun my search for Queen Awesome herself to tell her how much I admired her and her work. On this journey through some of LA’s dopest artists, writers, photographers and more, I happened to bump into one of my favorite LA Artists, Louis Cannazarro aka Louis XXX. This was probably one the best conversations I had the whole night! We talked of course about art, and a project that I was working on and a couple things that are happening in the world. He is such a cool guy and hope that an interview between he and I happens in the near future, I gave him the biz card (cause I’m cool) in the hopes that he would check out ArtAboveReality.
As the conversation with Louis was coming to a close, it seemed like a bright light shined in my face and the heavens opened up, it was Annie right in front of me! Oh Sh&t! I’m not prepared! I had a whole round of things I wanted to ask and my mind went blank. It didn’t matter; she was super cool and made me super cool! I proceeded to tell her about how I stalk her (sounds creepy right?) and her work and that I’m a huge fan. I also thanked her for an invite to a private show a few weeks back that I passed out and couldn’t go to because of my 30th Birthday celebrations. And of course we laughed at my state of affairs. (Laughs)
After meeting Annie I decided to move around the gallery and check out more art. I’ve been to Lab Art before, but I don’t think I realized how much street art is actually in this place! It’s like everyone who does anything street art wise in LA has been in this gallery. I got a chance to meet the gallery owner Iskander, through a great writer and good guy Jim Daichendt (Author of Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art!) as we caught up and talked about his classes at Azusa Pacific, a few of the art talks he has in the coming weeks and his new “Posse” as we admired Annie’s super personality.
After loads of pictures and talking with some new friends, I decided that I’d call it a night. I had a nice drive back to San Diego in hopes of preparing for the 9-5 the next day. I said my goodbyes and headed to my parking spot that I was so grateful to get earlier in the night. Driving on the 5 Freeway I thought of how many inspiring conversations I had that night and how hard work is really the key to success. Those thoughts led me to a 24 hour Walmart to get a cheap canvas. Dammit I’ll be like Annie one day… One day soon hopefully.