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Ryan Wallace: The Standard Model | Meghan Smythe: A Swollen Light Behind The Eye

Mark Moore Gallery

January 8, 2014 through February 14, 2015

Ryan Wallace makes his "stratified abstractions" out of industrial materials, and they're usually neutrally colored. For the first time, he's also showing sculptures "infused with the stuff of painting." Meghan Smythe, who's interested in the place where "lunacy meets levity," will be showing fantastic, emotional sculptures in the adjoining gallery.

Sadie Benning: Fuzzy Math

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

January 10 through February 14, 2015

Sadie Benning's new work grew out of a preoccupation with "fuzzy math," or "fuzzy ideologies" used to account for uncertainty or ambiguity and also, in recent years, used to justify political ideologies. The New York artist's paintings respond to these ideas in pretty intuitive, or "fuzzy," ways -- one is a grid of red cushy material above a gut-like maze.

Glenn Kaino

Honor Fraser

January 10 through February 14, 2015

Glenn Kaino, who just installed a series of glowing vitrines full of resin casts and coral at Prospect New Orleans, has also been working on a project for L.A.'s Sixth Street Bridge (the city commissioned him) and talking to Forbes about Ferguson and equality. The last solo show he had at the gallery was in 2012.

Blue McRight: Drink Me

Samuel Freeman

January 10 through February 14, 2015

Blue McRight's Drink Me is, her gallery says, "a deep and dangerous ocean." The show will include mysterious objects, some of which have spouts, wrapped in fabric or thread.

Michael Rey

Cherry and Martin

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Michael Rey covers all of his wall-hanging panels and most of his sculptures with Plasticine clay because he wants them to seem fragile but solid, like people are. He says the shapes he uses in his work, irregular ovals or seven sided polygons, come to him in dreams.

Hal Fischer: Gay Semiotics

Cherry and Martin

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Cherry & Martin keeps digging into the history of conceptual photography, and is now exhibiting Hal Fischer's "Gay Semiotics." In this series, which hasn't been shown all together in nearly four decades, Fischer pointed out signs of sexual orientation. He would superimpose text over his photographs of male figures, identifying an earring, a handkerchief in a back pocket or an aggressive stare.

Nicholas Pilato

Anat Egbi

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Nicholas Pilato uses paint and concrete on canvas to make textured abstractions with titles like something like a spider. He's also showing hand-glazed ceramic tiles that "under[ine] the minimalist relationship to the grid."

Zhao Zhao: Omnipresent

Roberts & Tilton

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Beijing-based Zhao Zhao, formerly an assistant to Ai WeiWei, has been making paintings of Beijing's smog-filled skies. He'll show these along with a perfectly square sculpture made up of the remains of Buddha figures destroyed in the wake of Mao's Cultural Revolution.

Betty Gold: Reconstructed.

FP Contemporary

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Betty Gold, who works with bold colors and calls herself an "American Sculptor," has been making and showing art since 1959. She'll be exhibiting both painting and sculpture.

Material Abstraction

Loudhailer

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Abstract painters interested in a lot of the same issues that have interested past painters, Amy Garofano, Ariel Herwitz, and Devin Farrand "seek to alter perceptions and awareness" and "insist that we see the material for its inherent qualities."

Kim McCarty

Maloney Fine Art

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Kim McCarty, who's based in Malibu, will be showing more stain-like, loosely figurative watercolor paintings.

Roberto Chavez: Portraits

Glike Gallery

January 9 through February 22, 2015

Longtime Angelino Roberto Chavez co-founded the Mexican Americas Department at East L.A. College, and taught his whole like, influencing many other artists. Since the Getty's big Pacific Standard Time effort, Chavez has been showing more widely, and now his portrait paintings will be on view.

After Living in the Room of Réalités Nouvelles

Sonce Alexander Gallery

January 10 through February 26, 2015

Even though it's a white cube, like most contemporary galleries, Sonce Alexander Gallery is trying to figure out how to host a contemporary salon. For this show, the jury consisted of artists on the gallery's roster. They chose artists whose practices excite them, and the show's installation will change each week.

Alma Allen

Blum & Poe

January 10 through February 28, 2015

Allen, like so many artists, is interested in precariousness and imbalance, and how to convey those sensations. He's using intensely heavy material -- marble, travertine, walnut -- and taking some inspiration from nature in his new sculptures. He also hurt himself while carving obsessively recently and took the chance to develop software so that he wouldn't have to rely on any third party, and could keep his preoccupation with precariousness in house.

Rebecca Bird: Niagara Falls | Simone Lueck: American Movie

Kopeikin Gallery

January 10 through February 28, 2015

Usually, Kopeikin Gallery shows photographs, but Rebecca Bird's new series consists of paintings of nuclear bomb blasts. Simone Lueck, who will be showing at the same time, does make photographs and based her American Movie series on a series of casting calls.

Thomas Macker: ⁂ (Asterism)

Klowden Mann

January 17 through February 28, 2015

Because he's interested in all the strange uses of the asterisk, Wyoming-based Thomas Macker made three asterisk sculptures out of drill bits. He's exhibiting those along with some vinyl-on-panel works that will be mounted to the floor and wall.

Farrah Karapetian: Stagecraft

Von Lintel Gallery

January 17 through February 28, 2015

Farrah Karapetian's new photograms and her "band" of negatives make an analogy between stage performances -- like the performance of a rock band -- and the staging of photographic images. You might see the armature of a drum set or a symbol that looks particularly grainy in the work.

Marcus Herse: Cruise.Control.

Greene Exhibitions

January 17 through February 28, 2015

Last year, artist Marcus Herse showed a video of himself driving around a parking lot in the Glendale Galleria. This time, he's thinking about driving too -- the press release, Google Map directions from Glendale Galleria to Greene gallery, makes it looks like his traveling might be rocky.

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