From April 10-13″, in the old Firehouse in downtown Los Angeles’ budding warehouse district, top artists from LA gathered in a landmark event focusing all artwork on the travesty of this senseless war in Iraq now entering it’s 6th year. In an exercise of freedom of speech and art, the 4-day event, produced by John Carr, a top political poster artist and the curator of the international show Yo! What Happened to Peace? brought together artists from diverse communities of screenprinting, visual arts, sculpture, photography, DJs, postering, and film in a free event that had the city buzzing about the importance of protest and promoting peace through art.

Key features of the event included Crewest Gallery and a stencil garden featuring live big-mural graffiti painting with a special performance by the Unification Theory group featuring ManOne, Overton Loyd Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, Favi Rodriguez, Vyal, and Ritzy Periwinkle.

Hit and Run area with their live screenprinting was packed throughout the 4 days. Attendees could choose 3 designs for screenprinting on shirts live from various artists who donated their designs, including Kofie One, Crass, Restitution press, ABCNT, Mear, and Mark of the Beast. Mark of the Beast, which is also the brainchild of the guys behind Hit, Run featured massive culture-jamming logo spoofs on canvas that had everyone laughing and taking photos, but inspired serious introspection.

Yo! What Happened to Peace? was onsite featuring the largest exhibition of touring pro-peace/anti-war posters in the world, curated by the event organizer John Carr (stay tuned for his live interview on Label Networks TV, along with others). There was also a Universal Peace Altar created by Ofelia Esparza dedicated to the lives lost in the war, and an antiwar theme display from America’s premiere old-school political poster archives from the past 50 years.

Dublab and ArtDontSleep brought together some of the hottest DJs on the scene, including J.Rocc, Kutmah, Nobody, B, Carlos Nino, Flying Lotus, Jun, Jeremy Sole, Eric Coleman, Sacred, Lady Sha, Toks, Dam Funk, ABCNT, Miles Tackett Valtron, and others. And the Lost Film Fest took place in another corner celebrating the culture of jamming and illegal art, hosted by VJ Scott Beibin.

Label Networks TV was on site for the entire affair, with interviews of several of the artists, including organizer John Carr. Stay tuned.