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John Zane Zappas: N U S T A C H U S

Outside Gallery

Last Chance - February 7 through April 5, 2015

This exhibition, held in the side/front yard of a house, features "site-specific" sculptures and also some drawings on aluminum by John Zane Zappas moves "from the familiar to the ambiguous with a dizzying lack of distinction between humor and solemnity."

Jenny Monick and Gedi Sibony

Reserve Ames

Last Chance - February 14 through April 5, 2015

Reserve Ames, a gallery in a garage and also in a fantastic mid-city craftsman house, is showing neo-minmal abstraction: Gedi Sibony, who works with cardboard, tape and wood, and Jenny Monick, who mostly paints.

Andy Romanoff: Sacred Faces

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Last Chance - February 21 through April 5, 2015

Photojournalist Andy Romanoff has been photographing Buddhas and Jesus figures, because he's interested in the way their faces look. Now he has installed his Sacred Faces series in Shatto Chapel at L.A.'s architecturally impressive First Congregation Church.

A New Rhythm

Park View

Last Chance - March 1 through April 5, 2015

This exhibition includes work by legendary video artist Charles Atlas and it coincides with a nine-day, city-wide festival of Atlas's films and videos.

Intermittent Dialogues

Monte Vista Projects

Last Chance - March 15 through April 5, 2015

Monte Vista board members make the exhibitions happen and keep the space open. Usually, they're artists and this show features the current members' work. Roberta Gentry is showing crystal-like forms; Danielle Sommer and her collaborator, Melissa Huddleston, will show the "intriguing books" they make.

Emily Sudd: Decorative Objects

Occidental College

February 25 through April 11, 2015

Emily Sudd makes her "decorative objects" by combining discarded ceramic objects together to make new sculptures that are fairly abstract, though they retain some of the worn-out, brokenness of her source material.

Paper Cut

Subliminal Projects

March 7 through April 11, 2015

A group show in which artists cut into the "humble, traditional medium of paper," "Paper Cut" includes work by the Paris-based Aurel Rubbish, who references tattoos and religion, and Bovey Lee, who's based in Pittsburgh and studied calligraphy.

Eduardo Consuegra: Lifetime Guarantee

Commonwealth & Council

January 10 through April 18, 2015

Artist Eduardo Consuegra is embedding three collages of magazine ads for technical equipment in acoustic foam and suspending them above Commonwealth & Council's back stairway. He will also install "an impenetrable wall" of nickel-plated, steel beads against the stairwell.

R. Lyon and Jessie Stead: Duh Angel LIVE

Jenny's

March 15 through April 18, 2015

Artists R. Lyon and Jessie Stead make books together, under JS/RL Periodicals, and Duh Angel their third (a "highly anticipated" third, according the Jenny's press release). There will eleven books in all, and they feature the collaborator's text messages, as well as their "out-of-body communication experiments." The show commemorates and accompanies the book.

Kristi Lippire: Expecting a Pigeon to be a Peacock | Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza: This must be the place.

Commonwealth & Council

March 21 through April 18, 2015

To make her "composite collage-sculptures," Kristi Lippire grafts parts of vintage magazine images onto sculptural forms. The environments she creates are supposed to be "spatial explosions." Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza is interested in painted signs on shop windows and murals in mom-and-pop stores and the language of non-native speakers, which she's adopted to make the work for this exhibition.

Olga Balema and Anne De Vries: Listening

Michael Thibault

March 8 through April 19, 2015

Olga Balema does sculpture that looks like design object stretched or flattened beyond their original function. Anne de Vries has made stools with cloud prints on them and installations that include surveillance cameras. The two artists are showing together.

Site Unseen: Incarceration

Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery

March 12 through April 23, 2015

Activist and photographer Sheila Pinkel organized this show of art related to incarceration, made by artists who are outside of prison and artist who are inside. Alyse Emdur, who made a book of photographs of the faux exotic backdrops hanging in prison visiting rooms, is in the show, as is the skid-row based collective Los Angeles Poverty Department. Brendan Murdock, who contributed work, is incarcerated at San Quentin.

Agnes Lux: Label the Shapes

Martos Gallery

March 25 through April 25, 2015

Berlin-based Agnes Lux alters postcards with copper leaf and graphite, then sends them to herself via snail mail. Then she arranges the cards, now scuffed up and bent in places, in grids that end up looking dark and abstract. The project is meant to be a reflection on “shifting modes of communication” and, also, a “poetic ornamentation of everyday life.”

Casual Friday

VACANCY

March 19 through April 30, 2015

"Casual Friday" is Vacancy's second collaborative group show (they each begin as a dinner party during which artists and the gallery owners toss ideas back and forth). This time, the group is exploring the practice of having "casual Fridays" in otherwise formal workplaces, or at least press release is a corporate memo announcing the institution of a casual Friday.

life100

Brand Library & Art Center

March 14 through May 1, 2015

A show of "master Armenian artists," this show includes work by the fantastic mid-century painter Arshile Gorky and by 1950s L.A. icon John Altoon. It also includes work by 30 contemporary Armenian artists working in L.A. It commemorates the 100th year after the Armenian Genocide.

Jan Stieding and Jörg Wagner: danach draußen (thereafter outside)

Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA)

March 19 through May 10, 2015

German artist Jan Stieding will show two paintings of deserted stages and two of figures sourced from East German propaganda posters. Jörg Wagner, also German, will show photosensitive cyanotype copies of fences along borders (he's been interested in borders between yards and between countries, like the US and Mexico). Since Stieding and Wagner had a curatorial project 'die Beton Bar' that inspired Alice Konitz to start LAMOA, it's fitting that they're finally showing at LAMOA.

Ruth Pastine: Present Tense

Carnegie Art Museum

March 15 through May 24, 2015

The Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard is showing pastel abstractions by Ruth Pastine that it describes on its website in one dense sentence: "perceptual interactions of saturated and nuanced color relationships that investigate light and spatial interplay."

Charles Gaines: Librettos - Manuel de Falla / Stokely Carmichael

Art + Practice

February 28 through May 31, 2015

The inaugural exhibition at Art + Practice, the new space artist Mark Bradford opened with activist Allan DiCastro and philanthropist Eileen Norton in Leimert Park, is of work by Charles Gaines. A libretto about a gypsy who loses her love because of class divisions appears printed on plexiglas boxes while a speech by Stokely Carmichael appears beneath the music on faded paper.

Mexico: Fantastic Identity

Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

March 14 through July 5, 2015

Frida Kahlo's surreal painting My Dress Hangs Here is in this show. So is work by intrepid Leonora Carrington, cubist drawing by Diega Rivera and collages by muralists José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. It's pretty much a who's who of 20th century Mexican art.

Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects: Legends & Mythologies

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

March 21 through July 11, 2015

The title for this show takes inspiration from the Smithsonian’s book American History in 101 Objects, and the subsequent A History of the World in 100 Objects by the BBC and British Museum. Historical items from the One Archive's collection will show alongside work by nine contemporary artists, among them Wu Tsang and Sam Lopes, who will be showing papier-mâché sculptures of hybrid creatures "and the bears they love."

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