Wrestler's Esthetic art show during World Cup in June

The art of wrestling takes center stage as three artists present their works as part of their exhibit, The Wrestler's Esthetic, featuring photography and paintings from the wrestling world, during the World Cup of Wrestling Week in Los Angeles in June.

The exhibit, featuring images from artists Justin Hoch, Jonny Ruggiano and Joey Krebs, will debut on Wednesday, June 8 from 6-9 p.m. at Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 South Alameda Street, in the art district of Los Angeles.

The Wrestler's Esthetic exhibit, open to the public, coincides with the United World Wrestling's men's freestyle World Cup competition to be held at The Forum in Los Angeles June 11-12.

Justin Hoch has photographed some of the most famous members of the amateur wrestling world, including John Smith, Dan Gable and Jordan Burroughs, to name just three Olympic gold-medalists. Hoch's collection of portraits for The Wrestler's Esthetic is tilted The Fire Inside. The New York-based photographer has worked with Beat the Streets New York and shot many of the most important wrestling events including the 2015 World Championships, the 2016 Olympic Trials and the BTSNY Gala.

Jonny Ruggiano, who is also the Director of Operations for this year's World Cup of Wrestling as well as the Director of Media and Design for Titan Mercury Wrestling Club will feature the collection, Wrestling Never Sleeps. This show is a collection of works of photography, paintings and design. Through this collection, Ruggiano has captured some behind-the-scenes images of Team USA at the 2015 World Championships. The artist also gives an in-depth look into the development of the creative design of this year's World Cup of Wrestling campaign. Additionally Ruggiano will exhibit several of his larger abstract paintings in this collection.

Artist Joey Krebs, also known as the Phantom Street Artist, will feature his works through his collection titled The Contestation of Forms. The Phantom's work features paintings that are silhouette-based impressions. Krebs' work is both often performance-based as well as featured artworks at galleries and shows. The Phantom is best known for his street art, including work for such artists as Rage Against the Machine as well as work for Takedown Radio.

For details on the exhibition, click here.

To learn more about another event leading up to the 2016 World Cup -- the 2016 Olympic Wrestling Gala to honor wrestlers in Los Angeles Thursday, June 9 -- click here.


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