Street art – characterized by its illegal nature, activity in rough neighborhoods late at night, demanding physical stamina, and the occasional running from cops – has historically been a young man’s endeavor. Thankfully, there have been notable exceptions. In San Francisco, the late Margaret Kilgallen helped revolutionize the genre and form the influential Mission School art movement. Swoon graced the walls, doors, and subways of New York with her gorgeous wheatpastes of friends, family, and those whose stories she wanted to bring to light. Los Angeles also had its very own legendary female street artist. One who signed her pieces using her real first name, in lower case: becca.
Becca Midwood beautified Downtown LA with her cut-outs and paintings that appeared in the mid-90s and is still hustling today, most recently plastering the bathroom at MOCA during the monumental Art in the Streets exhibition. She headlines a group of female street artists that have been getting up alongside the boys around the City of Angels.
The Miss Danger on the Loose group exhibition at LAB ART opens to the public on July 15 and includes work (about 50 pieces in all) by the curator of the show: KH No. 7 and others, including E, Sara Incognito, Clio, Random Act, Adventurs, Lydia Emily, Kym CBS, Lori McMichael, Gretta Kuresi, Jules Muck, and also, of course, Becca. This is a rare and special opportunity to view Becca’s work, as well as those of other emerging female artists, all in one 6,500 square foot gallery.
See more preview images after the jump…