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Art for Art’s Sake

A former Rastafarian meeting house and dental office, artists Nathan Danilowicz and Alexandra Wetzel has taken a once run down space in South Central LA and transformed it into an artist run gallery, Latned Atsar (Rasta Dental spelled backwards).

Latned Atsar has the feel of being in a home, a studio, a gallery because in fact, it is all of those things. Nathan and Alexandra are both artists, they had a space that was large enough not only for their personal studios, but, to also have exhibitions and showcase artists. And that is exactly what they did. Essentially inviting artists, giving them the keys to the space and allowing them to create and exhibit a body of work.


Co-founder of Latned Atsar, Alexandra Wetzel


Inside the studio of Nathan Danilowicz

We biked through somewhat desolate, non pedestrian parts of South Central, it’s not an area you will usually stumble upon, because there isn’t much around. Even the front of the gallery is gated up, there is no signage, it doesn’t look like anything exists. Going around the back side, we find the actual entrance in the parking lot. Alexandra greets us with a smile and invites us upstairs.

Flip the switch, all of sudden, we see the heart of of this space- A main lobby (kitchen) where people are invited to hang out and eat freshly baked goods that Alexandra made, artwork by three different artists in three different rooms, like solo shows for each artist, and Nathan’s studio is in plain sight, an open invitation. This is a different kind of space, an artist run gallery, no pretense, a showcase of exceptional artists, and art for art’s sake.


Artist, Gina Osterloh


Artist, Gina Osterloh


Artist, Jacin Giordano


Artist, Jacin Giordano


Artist, Yaron Michael Hakim


Artist, Yaron Michael Hakim


From the outside of Latned Atsar, you would have no idea what’s inside

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