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Stan VanDerBeek: Poemfield

The Box

Last Chance - September 13 through October 25, 2014

Back in 1968, film artist Stan VanDerBeek imagined he'd one day be able to pick up a telephone and make a movie over the wires. He was working with the artist-friendly telephone company Bell Laboratories at that point, and this show is all about the work he did with them.

Lily Simonson: On Ice


Last Chance - September 14 through October 26, 2014

Painter Lily Simonson goes on expeditions, and is on her way back to work with a scientist in Antarctica (this show is inspired by past work there). But her art isn't at all like the renderings you'd imagine from historical science books; it's expressive and loose, sometimes messy.

Five by Five


Last Chance - September 14 through October 26, 2014

Five artists are showing one new work each -- Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, for instance, made a "tile-like abstraction" by gridding and sanding the gallery's back wall.

Edem Elesh

LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts

Last Chance - October 3 through 28, 2014

Edem Elesh is incorporating mystical diagrams, like the kind you might find in illuminated manuscripts into his new work, and he's also interested in breath, because "the mystery of the breath is easily as old as art."

Haynes Riley: It's Like

Hammock Gallery

October 12 through 31, 2014

The alt space Hammock Gallery's first show features paintings by Haynes Riley, an artist from Little Rock who works in Minneapolis, that reference Dorothy's tornado-damaged house and home plate. There's also a sculpture in the form of a stairwell.

Electron Salon

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA)

October 9 through November 1, 2014

The artists in this show are exploring it all: digital photography, manipulated images, photo composites, digital paint, custom camera images, 3D generated art. It's a grab bag of digital prints.

Vikky Alexander: Theatergarden Beastiarium

Wilding Cran Gallery

September 20 through November 1, 2014

For this show, Vancouver-based Vikky Alexander is doing photo collages where she positions wild animals in unnatural habitats -- for instance, a lynx cub might end up in London's Wallace Collection Drawing Room.

Cayetano Ferrer: Composite Arcade

Château Shatto

September 20 through November 1, 2014

Cayetano Ferrer, who was in the Hammer's inaugural Made in L.A. biennial, mashes up architectural tropes, and is pretty interested in patterns and facades. In this show, there's supposed to be "a tower that reaches up towards hubristic heights."

Steve Kado and Keith Rocka Knittel: Works On Paper

Metro PCS

September 25 through November 1, 2014

There will be a closing ceremony and a flag raising on the second to last day of Stave Kado and Keith Rocka Knittel's show, which continues a project called 1992 TOYOTA COROLLA (BLACK) that they started together in 2012 in opposition to L.A. boosterism and with an interest in vague, ongoing collaboration.

Jesse Fleming: The Halftime Show

356 Mission

September 28 through November 2, 2014

Jesse Fleming used footage from jumbotrons and from an L.A. basketball court to make this film, installed in the basement on four screens that are suspended from the ceiling to make a square. There's a droning soundtrack to accompany the film, too.

Samuel Hodge: The Imponderable Archive


October 8 through November 5, 2014

Sydney-based artist Samuel Hodge finds and then alters, or reconfigures, photographs because he's interested in "narrative" and "construction of the self."

Joel Holmberg: Witness

Harmony Murphy Gallery

September 19 through November 8, 2014

Joel Holmberg, the first artist Harmony Murphy Gallery is showing in L.A., is post post-Internet art. Or, at least, he's "extending beyond art that has been described as Post-Internet" in a show that works in video, painting, sculpture and sound.

Christian Rosa: California Screaming

Ibid. Los Angeles

September 20 through November 8, 2014

Christian Rosa's paintings, neo-minimal abstractions, have super dramatic titles -- Dead on Arrival or Hell on Earth -- and his show is the very first in  Ibid's L.A. space. 

JPW3: 32 Leaves, I Don't, The Face of Smoke

Night Gallery

October 10 through November 15, 2014

JPW3, whose given name is Patrick Walsh and who is having his first Night Gallery solo show, makes found photographs grittier and messier than they would normally be and also does multi-media installations.

Micah Hahn: Molecule Designing the Unseen

Fifth Floor Gallery

October 4 through November 16, 2014

5th Floor Gallery just worked with the Institute for Art and Olfaction to make their own scent and Micah Hahn, the director of the Institute, made prints on foil and linen paper that map the molecules that make up the scent. So you can see as well as smell.

Small Museum for an American Metaphor

Roy and Edna Disney/CALARTS Theater (REDCAT)

September 27 through November 23, 2014

Europeans artists, and a few L.A. greats like John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha, are weighing in on fantasies of the American West in this exhibition that architect Kersten Geers and Redcat gallery director Ruth Estevez curated. It's all about "the celebration of Endlessness" and "the fiction of the 'wide open.'”

Lane Davis: Royalties Place | Ben Love

The Fourth Wall

October 5 through November 28, 2014

Len Davis is projecting "nature-themed media" on carpet while Ben Love is using a one-way mirror to expose the domestic space adjacent to the gallery. Love is also showing a scale model of the gallery's ceiling.

Derek Frech: Secure Document

Actual Size Los Angeles

October 11 through November 29, 2014

Derek French is using encryption algorithms and technology to encrypt his own prints and animations, and "the constructs and devices intended to provide security become the content."

Michel Auder and Józef Robakowski: Street Life

Fahrenheit - Flax Foundation

October 11 through December 18, 2014

Michel Auder and Józef Robakowski have been making video art, mostly based on observations of everyday strangeness, for decades. In this show, they're both referencing, " if not satirizing," film noir voyeurism (think Hitchcock's Rear Window only in 1980s New York).

Ed Clark: A Thousand Lights of Sun

The Mistake Room

October 19 through December 20, 2014

The Mistake Room, a young space that's shown hip young artists, is showing another older abstract painter: Ed Clark, who was born in 1926 and was at one point inspired by the “pouring sand” technique of the Pueblo tribe.

Matsumi Kanemitsu: Metamorphic Effects

The Mistake Room

October 5 through December 20, 2014

An abstract expressionist with a sense of humor, Matsumi Kanemitsu worked in L.A. for years and this show is presenting a lot of work that hasn't been seen publicly for decades, if ever. Since Kanemitsu was born in 1922 and died in 1992, it's a funny change for The Mistake Room, which has so far featured especially young artists.

Andy Warhol: Shadows

MOCA Grand Avenue

September 20, 2014 through February 2, 2015

Shadows, a "monumental painting" by Warhol, has 120 parts, all based on photos the artist took of shadows in his studio. "Andy Warhol's Shadows are the line between the American dream and the American death," says MOCA director Phillip Vergne (meaning they're about both glamour and darkness).

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Photo by Brian Forrest. © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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