For a moment, Highland Park was trying to be the next Echo Park (which was the next Silver Lake…we think). But the wild success of hipster paradise The Line Hotel (as well as its Roy Choi restaurant Commissary) has pretty much solidified Koreatown as LA’s “it” hood.
Now super cool indie gallerists Jessica Pak and Brian Lee (of the late Hold Up Art in Little Tokyo) have brought their creativity party to KTown’s Mariposa Avenue, in the form of the zany-cool new Art Major. The concept is simple: adulthood kinda sucks, and similar to The Line’s super popular Break Room 86 80s/karaoke/dance spot, this place is all about getting you in touch with that artistic child that you left behind in 7th grade drawing class.
Yes, it’s a bar-slash-gallery that will host exhibitions by up-and-coming talents. But it will also act as an earnest, un-ironic “inspiration lab,” with art supplies, board games, instant cameras and coloring books for patrons to use at will. And who knows what artistic awakenings or revelations just might come of it?
And just how egalitarian is Art Major? There are snacks available for purchase – but they’re totally cool if you bring your own food. Just don’t be boring.