Jason Freeny: Molt | Miso: Cornucopia

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

February 6 through March 1, 2015

Jason Freeny used to dissect toys (for instance, maybe he'd build his own replica of Mr. Potato head, then take it apart). Now he's making his own toy-like, cartoonish forms out of vinyl. Karen Hsiao's paintings all involve a character called Miso, and this time, they were loosely inspired by Flemish still life painting and so they're pretty lavish and done in oil.

Harm van den Dorpel: Loomer | Andrew Ananda Voogel: Black Water

Young Projects

Last Chance - January 23 through March 3, 2015

The gallery text for Harm van den Dorpel's exhibition begins: "Images. So many images. The deluge of images. A revolution of images. Do we know what to do with them?" Van den Dorpel is incorporating them into the collages, websites and videos he's showing, but it sounds like he's still figuring out what to do with all the images too. In the project space, Andrew Ananda Voogel is projecting nearly black images onto black walls.

Karl Holmqvist and Ei Arakawa: Y.O.Y.O.G.A.L.A.N.D.

Overduin & Co.

Last Chance - January 29 through March 7, 2015

Karl Holmqvist and Ei Arakawa have collaborated before. The devised pOEtry pArk, an event in during the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, where visitors escape the fair and participate in "poetic" activities. And they did an exhibition at Hollybush Gardens in London of whimsical video and sculptures, which is more what this show will be like.

Liz Craft: The Secret Lives of Spiders


Last Chance - January 23 through March 7, 2015

Lips are all over the invitation for Liz Craft's first show at alt-space Jenny's, which might be telling, seeing as Craft just installed a series of sculpted lips with speech bubbles drawn on the walls beside them in a group show at Various Small Fires.

Vittorio Brodmann: No Time to Explain

Freedman Fitzpatrick

Last Chance - January 25 through March 7, 2015

A painter from Switzerland who references cartoons and television in his work, always chooses slightly comic, apologetic titles for his show. A previous exhibition, in Zurich, was called "An Honest Mistake." The artist has also tried stand-up and has exhibited videos of his own comedy alongside his paintings.

Anish Kapoor

Regen Projects (Hollywood)

Last Chance - January 31 through March 7, 2015

Anish Kapoor, who makes extremely large, ambitious sculptures, is showing "organic, terrestrial forms made from resin and earth" at Regen. But to contrast the earthiness, he'll also install shiny stainless steel sculptures.

Glomar II: Strange Engineering (a Giant 8 Fingered Crane)

Redling Fine Art

Last Chance - January 31 through March 7, 2015

Redling's ongoing series of Glomar exhibitions is loosely about the obfuscation of truth and titled after the Glomar response (where the government or CIA says, vaguely, "we can neither confirm or deny"). Unwieldy sculptures by artists Eric Wesley and Olga Koumoundouros -- the sculptures kind of resemble machines -- are the focus of this second installation.

Kour Pour

Depart Foundation Project Space

Last Chance - January 31 through March 7, 2015

It's the much-talked-about painter's first L.A. solo show, though Kour Pour works in this city. His paintings take him months, and the ones this show are part of his rug series, for which he mimics the look and feel of rugs and fibers by using tools like brooms and sanders.

Everything's Cool and Nothing Sucks

New Image Art Gallery

Last Chance - February 13 through March 7, 2015

Luke Pelletier is interested in the "contradictions between his ideals and desires." Kristen Liu-Wong is interested in translating her visions and everyday observations. John F. Malta's teenage years on the Northeast Ohio punk scene are still inspiring his work. So this show might be kind of angst-filled, but also funny because all three tend toward cartoonish absurdity.

Bernie Taupin: Somnambulistica

KM Fine Arts

January 24 through March 14, 2015

Bernie Taupin has been painting since the 1970s, mostly abstractly; he also wrote songs with people like Elton John, though there's supposedly not much of a relationship between his songwriting and art. The paintings in his new series "hint at narrative but are loaded with dynamism."

David Schafer: Models of Disorder

Diane Rosenstein Fine Art

January 31 through March 14, 2015

David Schafer's sculptures make sounds. One work in the show, Untitled Expression: In The Year 2525 (2009), is made of powder-coated aluminum with "audio playback." Another includes a speaker cabinet modeled on the Whitney Museum's building.

Hannah Perry: Always

Steve Turner

February 14 through March 14, 2015

London-based Hannah Perry is showing a twelve minute video in Steve Turner's project room, and speaker wires will be strung from that video into the main gallery, where they'll be attached to standing sculptures. The sculptures will then vibrate in synch with the video's soundtrack, and the paintings on the main gallery walls will include imagery from the video. So it's all connected.

A Sum Other Than Its Parts, Parts of Some


February 21 through March 14, 2015

This show, which has no press release, should include new mobiles and sculptures by Alison O'Daniel, along with playful mixed-media work by Luke Mastny and Jason Starr.

Meghan Gordon: some times

ltd los angeles

October 17, 2014 through March 15, 2015

Artist Meghan Gordon started a bar in her CalArts studio last year. It appeared downtown at Cirrus Gallery this summer and now it's opening at ltd Los Angeles for six months. There will be drinks and special bar programming.

Mariah Robertson: Photography Lovers' Peninsula


February 14 through March 21, 2015

Mariah Robertson's project is about breaking photography's rules. She splatters chemicals, tears and bends her photo paper, touches glossy paper with bare hands. The resulting framed "photos" are like dripping abstract paintings.

Walead Beshty: Walid AlBeshti

Regen Projects (West Hollywood)

February 13 through March 28, 2015

Walid AlBeshti is the transliteration of the artist Walead Beshty's name from Arabic into English, and it's  a show of new, fairly minimal paintings and sculptures. It's at Regen's old WeHo space, not their massive new Hollywood building.

Land, Air, See

Kohn Gallery

February 21 through March 28, 2015

Old school big shots will be in this show that "aims to broaden our definition of Minimalism by pushing the boundaries…" AlthoughWest Coast artists Joe Goode and Larry Bell may have always seemed a little goofier than Carl Andre and Frank Stella (all four are in the show), it'll be interesting to see if any boundaries do get pushed.

Brendan Fowler: New Pictures, Six Sampler Works, and Benches

Richard Telles Fine Art

February 21 through March 28, 2015

Brendan Fowler is making benches and embroidering for his first show at Richard Telles. The artist, known for his idiosyncratic approach to photography, used an embroidery machine that can reproduce photographs, or approximate them. He's also showing a "sampler" that can play 12 samples from 10 different databases.

Renée Green: Begin Again, Begin Again

Schindler House (1921-22)

January 22 through March 29, 2015

Artist Renee Green is treating Rudolf Schindler's King's Road house as an “evocative object,” and she's installing new and slightly older work in and around the house. The film she shot in Albert Einstein's summer house, Climates and Paradoxes, will be on view.

Thomas Demand

Matthew Marks Gallery

January 24 through April 4, 2015

Backyard, photographer Thomas Demand's new series, has an unsettling subject: Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's yard. Demand made a model based on newspaper photos, then photographed his model. He's also showing a 15-foot-long photo of cherry blossoms.

Devin Kenny: Wrong Window

Aran Cravey

February 13 through April 4, 2015

The "trailer" Devin Kenny posted in anticipation of his Aran Cravey show is a YouTube video of two people shattering the window of a car by throwing a spark plug at it -- first, they crack the window by tapping it with a hammer. Then they throw. The press release for the show is full of references to different kinds of windows (a window on a screen, a window in a building). In the past, Kenny's performances and installations have been kind of like this, surprisingly dramatic accumulations of un-spectacular ideas, actions and objects.

Judith Eisler: Close-Ups & Two Shots

Gavlak Gallery

February 19 through April 4, 2015

The work in artist Judith Eisler's new exhibition was inspired by a quote from John Huston that his daughter, Angelica Huston, included in her recent memoir: "I'll never use close-ups here. You've got to see the distance between the characters, that only happens in a two shot." So Eisler, who's based in New York and Vienna, is exploring "distance between characters" by painting film stills of "in-between moments."

Justin Margitich: Networks

Moskowitz Bayse

February 7 through April 7, 2015

With his acrylic abstractions, Justin Margitch is trying to "push the term 'network' past its pervasive association with the Internet."

Michael Goldberg: Making His Mark

Manny Silverman Gallery

February 21 through April 18, 2015

Michael Goldberg, who made his initial mark as a New York School painter, is having two late work shows, at Manny Silverman in West Hollywood and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York (both galleries represent the estate). His later work has more in common with graffiti art and is "in productive tension with the rigors of postwar American abstraction."

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