A local real estate development firm led by Greg Strangman is gearing up to introduce its newly rehabbed apartment buildings in Barrio Logan.
The L.W.P. Group will open Community@ Mi Apartamento, two buildings next door to each another at 2605 National Ave. and 2611 Logan Ave. As the firm’s done with three of its past projects around the city, it’s kicking things off with a huge public art exhibition from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.
Strangman said he wanted to fund and host an art exhibition, in part, because the project is so close to the neighborhood’s emerging arts district centered just down the street on Logan Avenue, where venues like La Bodega Gallery and the Chicana Art Gallery are located. He said the show is more than just a creative marketing ploy to help rent out units.
“It’s just the right thing to do, especially in Barrio Logan,” Strangman said. “The apartment market is so tight right now, I don’t need to do an art show to fill up my building. I do it for the enjoyment and to see people’s reaction to seeing art installations inside an apartment building. … The property becomes one big cultural center for people to explore. It’s neat.”
For the show, Strangman’s handed the reins over the nonprofit arts organization Sezio, and a local arts collaborative Cohort Collective, essentially giving the groups total control over the art that’ll end up in the currently vacant building for the one-night pop-up exhibition.
Behind Sezio and the Cohort Collective are artists Christopher Konecki and Carly Ealey. The pair has invited dozens of local artists to participate and essentially passed on the freedom to create and experiment, giving each artist a vacant apartment of their own or a nook or cranny to do whatever they want with. Artists like Aaron Glasson, Celeste Byers, Dolan Stearns, EXIST1981, Mario Chacon, Mike Maxwell, Rob Benavides and Spenser Little are on the lineup.