Two groups have been very active in not only obtaining donations for their cause but also promoting awareness about the atrocities faced by Tibetans at the hands of the Chinese government. The Karma Underground (TKU) and KarmaBlast are art organizations that have worked tirelessly to create an awareness around the Tibet and it’s peaceful non-resistant internal conflict with the Chinese government.
Both TKU and KarmaBlast joined forces to curate an inspiring show on September 12, 2012 at Art Share LA based in Los Angeles, California to raise funds for the people of Tibet.
Established and up-and-coming artists alike selflessly donated pieces for the deserving cause. The walls were filled with work from the likes of artists Allison Torneros, Andrea Lahue, Angela Clayton, B+, BD Miller, Birdman, Brenda Proudfoot, Casey Gray, Chuck P, Coop, Cyrcle, Daniel Jung, Dawn Wirth, Deedee Cheriel, Devin Liston, D Young V, E , Eddie Colla , Edition 100, Eric Pederson, Erwin Recinos, Esther Pearl Watson, Filthgrime, Gilbert Johnquest, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Heather Hoxsey, Henry Rollins, Ken Lee, Hugh Leeman, James Moreno, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jennifer Lafferty, John Carr, John Park, Kevin Rolly, Kiino Villand, Kofie, Koffinz, Lantz Huston, Laura Shumate, Leba, Lydia Emily, Malleus, Margaret Leahy, Mark Todd, Michaela Devon Kary, Mike Maxwell, Miles Thompson, Paul Chatem, Rich DeSimone/Lucky Bunny, Risk, Sage Vaughn, SALTR, Samir ìEVOLî Arghandwall of Seventh Letter, Sean Cheetham, SEEN, Sequoia Emmanuelle, Shaun Roberts, Shaunna Peterson, Shepard Fairey, Skyler Grey, Sophia Gasparian, Steven Ballinger, Tada Chae, Tara McPherson, Texas Tom Carr, Tim Kerr, Brendan Behan, Ruby Hurley, Medgar Evers, Tom Neely and Van Arno.
Accompanying the art on the walls was DJ sets by J. Rocc, Tick (Latch Brothers/Routines/Dragons), Kiino Villand and guests and a live painting by Sami Arghandwall of Seventh Letter. Hit + Run offered live screen prints and limited editions prints by Melleus. The show was made possible by gracious support from sponsors such as 12ozProphet, Art Share LA, Cartwheel, Cool Haus, Edition One Hundred, Endless Canvas, Hit + Run, Karma Blast, Komodo, LA Taco, LAB ART, LALA Arts, Mad Props, Malleus, The Do Lab, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Warholian.
The evening was a major success, the two groups raised over $10,000 through the auction and cash donations which will go towards KarmaBlast’s current project of building a school for nomadic girls in Tibet. This is an impressive feat considering the project started in April 2012.
The show is the first of many more exciting events from TKU and KarmaBlast. The groups plan to visit more cities with their projections and host yet another art show in 2013.
-written by Keisha Raines with photos by Birdman for Warholian