Skip to Content

Hearts of Oak by Jesse Hazelip ~ Venice

As part of the Annual Venice Artwalk (Charity for the family clinic) and in the spirit of public art, artist Jesse Hazelip installed a mural at The Red Fort - a Venice landmark built in 1922, that is currently undergoing extensive restoration as artist studios - and has hosted public works by Retna, Reyes & Invader.

In conjunction with this mural - C.A.V.E. Gallery has curated a special pop-up exhibition at the Red Fort for the Venice Art Walk, with proceeds benefiting Venice Family Clinic. The exhibit will showcase an exciting vanguard of artists representative of the fresh talent of the contemporary movement. Participating artists include Jesse Hazelip, SIT, Kid Acne, BAYO, Jason Hernandez, EATCHO, Taka Sudo, Craww, Paul Chatem, Young Chun and Zach Johnsen. More info:

Artist Statement:

The term 'Bailout' has become a household term amongst the American people who lost their jobs, their homes and their savings to the crooks on Wall Street whose wrongdoings were answered with government charity instead of penance.

This mural, titled "Hearts of Oak" (Cockney slang for broke), depicts an aggrandized and inflated version of the pig to represent the excess and gluttony of Wall Street. The pig is being chauffeured in an ornately gilt vessel on the back of the bull, which I use as metaphor for the working class. Adorned with blinders and the bondage of a service animal (slave), the horns have been rendered useless leaving the bull vulnerable without any form of defense. My viewpoint is that the working class has suffered greatly, having carried the burden throughout the financial crisis while the leaders of financial institutions continue to profit.

Through an intentional use of recognizable imagery, I choose to create dialogue with a wide range of viewers. This decision is influenced and inspired by George Orwell's book 1984, and the theory in the book that the hope for the nation is with the proletariats."

photos by Ralph Ziman & Patrick Iaconis.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

California Mandates Drug-Test Kits at Bars and Nightclubs Starting July 1st. Here’s What to Know

Roofies have been used as accomplices to sexual assault, human trafficking, theft, and other crimes. Bars and nightclub owners hope that providing drug-test kits for their drinks may help their customers feel safe and return more often despite a general dip in the consumption of alcohol in California.

June 21, 2024

‘Not Like Us:’ Kendrick Lamar Unifies Los Angeles In A One-Night-Only Juneteenth Concert, Placing West Coast Unity At the Forefront

“The Pop Out” wasn’t just a showcase of the breadth of talent and music that Los Angeles has to offer—it was a cultural renaissance, a presentation of art bursting with unity and West Coast pride. In a city with so much pain and suffering throughout history, “The Pop Out” showed that community is everything.

These Nayarit-Style, Ceviche-Stuffed ‘MarisCocos’ in Compton Taste Just As Good As They Do On the Beach

Each young coconut is macheted to order and imported from Colima. The tender meat is mixed in with the ceviche and its refreshing coconut water is served in a plastic bag. They are about the size of basketball and weigh five pounds—at least. It's officially summertime in Los Angeles!

June 20, 2024

Ten Architecture Gems to Visit in L.A.: If These Walls Could Talk

Did you know that one of the 11 world's most beautiful post offices in the world is located in Hollywood? And the "skinniest house" in the entire U.S. is located in Long Beach? Plus, Gargoyles. L.A. is for architecture lovers...if you know where to look.

How to Celebrate Juneteenth in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the place to be this Juneteenth, with a wider variety of free and exciting ways to celebrate, there is something for everyone to attend or participate in.

See all posts