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Five Line Gallery hosts unconventional exhibitions in newsprint

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

It's rare to find a pleasant surprise in the classified ads. Since February, Five Line Gallery has hosted unconventional exhibitions in the back pages of LA Weekly, situated amongst "a landscape of prostitution, marijuana and questionable legal practice." Each artwork, boxed in yellow, consists of no more than five lines of cryptic text (or approximately 125 characters). It's a tiny, strange gallery housed in a newspaper. Needless to say, we love it.

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

Five Line Gallery aims to "take art out of the 'white cube' and place it directly in the vein of vernacular culture," says founder Ben Schwartz. He recently printed a digital mini to catalog the exhibitions so far. The artworks are juxtaposed with the real ads from LA Weekly, showing the Five Line Gallery space in its original context. Contributing artists include Simon Johnston, Coral Saucedo, Stephen Serrato, Dante Carlos, Austin Redman, Mungo Thomson, and Pat Slack.

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

"Newsprint was the perfect medium for the production of the catalog," Schwartz tells us. "As the artworks were published in a newspaper, reproducing the works in their original material seemed appropriate."

Five Line Gallery digital mini newspaper. A catalog of exhibitions held in the classifieds section of LA Weekly. A project by Ben Schwartz.

The publication will be available soon from Verb Editions. You can read more about the project on Ben Schwartz's website.

Learn more about our digital mini newspapers. The sweet size for magazines, brochures, and more – all nicely stapled, too.

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