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Michala Paludan: Leisure for All

Metro PCS

Last Chance - November 13 through December 27, 2014

Taking inspiration from Danish theater, Michala Paludan is putting together an installation meant to question how acting and satire can be political tools. There's a very intense script featuring "a very fat gentleman" called H.M. Capital involved.

Dave Naz: Identity

Coagula Curatorial

Last Chance - November 8 through December 27, 2014

Photographer David Naz's new show, which coincides with his new book Genderqueer, is supposed to be an "eye-opening musing on all of the people who don't fit neatly into a convenient box."

Chris Cran: That's An Excellent Question!

Wilding Cran Gallery

Last Chance - November 15 through December 27, 2014

Canadian painter Chris Cran has painted faces with different expressions on them -- surprise, maybe. The face all appear in ovals against the sometimes patterned backgrounds of the canvas. He hangs the paintings high and low, not all in a straight line.

Kathi Flood | Steven Rey Fujimoto | Emily Halpern

LA Artcore Brewery Annex

Last Chance - December 3 through 28, 2014

In yet another group show about overlaps between abstraction and figuration, Kathi Flood is playing the role of "guerrilla sociologist, making collage out of found antiques and ephemera. Steven Rey Fujimoto is taking on cosmic forces, and Emily Halpern is making paintings and trying to be sincere about "the translation of personal visions."

To the End of the Line

Château Shatto

November 22, 2014 through January 4, 2015

Marta Fontolan curated this group show, which looks at the world through "the lens of an empty bottle" and the "mindset of a hangover." It includes a pretty wide array of artists, like Gilbert and George, Lucie Stahl and the duo Aids 3D.

Boats Against the Current

Eastside International

December 6, 2014 through January 4, 2015

Molly Jo Shea curated this group show about voyages and the artists she chose -- among them narrative painter Ben White and video artist and painter McLean Fahnestock-- all purportedly value the "thrill of pursuit" over "the end destination."

Howard Fried: Sociopath, 1983 and The Decomposition of My Mother’s Wardrobe, 2014-2015

The Box

November 15, 2014 through January 10, 2015

Howard Fried made his sculpture Sociopath in 1983, and it's showing for the first time since then. The sculpture consists of a dripping sink on a tall, specially-built, tilted table and a complicated drainage system that involves a slat cut into the table and a tube running along the gallery walls. Water puddles on the table, because the drainage system barely works.

Geometrics and Color

Maker City LA

December 14, 2014 through January 10, 2015

The "creative workspace" Maker City LA now has a gallery: Studio 11, which was formed by 26 downtown artists. The next show features work by Deborah Schiller Hadl, who makes geometric abstractions, and Margaret-Anne Smith, who makes sculptural painting.

Rallou Panagiotou: Between Shampoo and Snakes | Jack McConville: Authentic Spiritual Spray

Ibid. Los Angeles

November 22, 2014 through January 17, 2015

Jack McConville, who works in Glasgow, is showing paintings that loosely recall Matisse -- figures rendered simply but romantically -- except that they also include things like money blowing around.  Rallou Panagiotou's sleeker, more abstract sculptures that incorporate photography and mimic found objects are showing in the adjacent galleries.

Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda: Solutions to Compound Problems

356 Mission

December 3, 2014 through January 18, 2015

This show "depicts" two works that were initially made specifically for Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin. One was based on the gallery's interior architecture and the other was a portrait of three gallerists of "matrilineal descent" (Monika Schmela, Ulrike Schmela-Brüning, and Lena Brüning, the latter of which opened her gallery above the Isabella Bortolozzi space).

When It Is Dark Enough | Lucien Shapiro: The Wore

CES Gallery

December 20, 2014 through January 24, 2015

"When It Is Dark Enough" is a group show that looks at  "human form" and "loss of identity."  Lucien Shapiro, who makes elegant but sinister masks out of found objects, is exploring "identity, addiction, and time."

The Cats-in-Residence Program

356 Mission

December 21, 2014 through January 25, 2015

"Would you like more rescue cats with your Art?" asks 356 Mission. If so, there will be cats living in a collaborative installation at the downtown space for the next month. The cats, or "purr-formers," come from a local kitty shelter, so can be adopted. Architects Freecall and Gia Wolff worked on the "inter-species" cat lounge, and artists like Lisa Anne Auerbach and Joe Scanlan are contributing to the installation.

Photo by Fredrik Nilsen

Downtown Photoroom

November 7, 2014 through January 31, 2015

Fredrik Nilsen has been photographing the LA art scene well for years, and, if you read captions, you're probably used to seeing "photo by Fredrik Nilsen," though you're probably not used to seeing his work itself on view in a gallery. This show includes photos he took of the intense surfaces of Ken Price sculptures.

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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