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Mark Dean Veca: EVERLAST | Jessica Wimbley : The Belle Series

Western Project

Last Chance - October 18 through November 29, 2014

Mark Dean Veca is inspired by signage and intrigued by early Looney Tunes characters, so cartoons and slogans pop up in his new paintings. Jessica Wimbley's work, digitally altered photos that have been collaged into and drawn on, are much more subdued explorations of cultural and biological history.

Mie Olise: Noplacia

Samuel Freeman

October 25 through December 13, 2014

Mie Olise, who works in New York and Copenhagen, does paintings of structures that are rickety and nonsensical -- houses, shipwrecks that "have begun to . . . recede into oblivion." She also builds contraptions, like boardwalks to nowhere.

D.E. May: Half Distance | Sanya Kantarovsky: Happy Soul

LAXART

November 8 through December 13, 2014

D.E. May is an Oregon-based artist who hasn't shown that extensively outside his home state, but this is supposed to by a mini-retrospective (it helps that his abstractions, which incorporate craft and assemblage, are pretty small). In the other room, Sanya Kantarovsky is projecting film animation over a drawing hung on the wall.

JP Munro: The Source

China Art Objects Galleries

November 8 through December 20, 2014

Painter JP Munro is rephrasing masterpieces -- the Birth of Venus done in the style of George Seurat, for instance. He's also doing detailed fantasy landscapes and still life paintings of his own studio.

Florian Maier-Aichen

Blum & Poe

November 15 through December 20, 2014

Once again, Florian Maier-Aichen is combining analogue and digital techniques to make swooping, stunning landscapes, that often include "handmade details to offset their heroic sense of perspective." He's returning to past subjects, like the Los Angeles harbor, in this show.

Angel Otero: ANACHRONIC

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

November 1 through December 20, 2014

Brooklyn-based Angel Otero is pretty preoccupied with the painting process. He first works on large sheets of plexiglas then peels off the dried paint and adheres it to canvas, so that he's putting paint on canvas but not actually painting on canvas.

Luke Diiorio

Anat Egbi

November 1 through December 20, 2014

A neo-minimalist interested in repetition and neutrality, Luke Diiorio makes "paintings" by combining folded stripes of linen and canvas on stretcher bars. He's also included parts of disassembled walls in his show.

Jeff Colson: Roll Up

Maloney Fine Art

November 8 through December 20, 2014

A few years ago, Jeff Colson made a garage, or a life-size wood sculpture of an open garage with objects packed floor to ceiling almost tumbling out of it. It initially showed in the massive Ace Gallery. Now it's showing in the tiny Maloney space.

Erica Mahinay: At the Tip of the Tongue

Loudhailer

November 8 through December 20, 2014

For her first solo show in L.A., Erica Mahinay is showing objects and images that are supposed to almost look like "things," but not quite. They're "teetering on the edge" of being something.

Saying yes to everything

Honor Fraser

November 15 through December 20, 2014

This show, curated by Corrina Peipon, is all about collage from the 1960s to now. It includes work by late L.A. veteran Robert Heinecken and the collective Confetti Confidential, who will work on an evolving collage room throughout the show.

Nicolas Grenier and Lily Stockman

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

November 8 through December 20, 2014

Nicolas Grenier's painting show, "One Day Mismatched Anthems Will Be Shouted in Tune," is about the tension between verbal and visual signs. Lily Stockman's concurrent painting show, "Women," is about the relationship between commonplace and phenomenological experience.

Dean Monogenis | Lisa Solomon

Walter Maciel Gallery

November 8 through December 20, 2014

Dean Monogenis paints playful urban and rural landscapes with modernist houses and other structures dropped in (sometimes actually falling from the sky). Lisa Solomon stitches, draws and collages on paper and duralar.

Kris Kuksi: Antiquity in the Faux

Mark Moore Gallery

November 15 through December 20, 2014

Kris Kuksi creates Baroque, wall-hanging reliefs out of discarded objects. In his gallery's pretty ambitious words, he gives his viewers a "ringside seat for allegorical spectacle as the spheres of fantasy and reality collide."

John Henderson and B. Ingrid Olson

Cherry and Martin

November 1, 2014 through January 3, 2015

The press release for this show by two pretty young artists working in process-focused painting and photography is a conversation that includes abstract statements like the below.

John: Some gifts - like names, years - are best left unexamined Ingrid: True, true, but no real gift can be returned; only you can allow yourself a mooring to it along the way

Brian Bress: You Can't Sleep on a Door

Cherry and Martin

November 8, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Performers in full body suits and other props are helping artist Brian Bress understand painting traditions (abstraction and representation, mainly). There will be paintings and sculptures and video, sound or whatever the gallery means by "time-based component."

Skip Arnold: Bout This

Greene Exhibitions

November 22, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Skip Arnold, who's been working with video and performance for three decades, is showing new work alongside the old in his first show with Greene Exhibitions.

Canan Tolon: LIKE

Von Lintel Gallery

October 25, 2014 through January 10, 2015

Canan Tolon makes urban landscapes that initially look like stripy abstractions. She's engaging viewers "in the game of seeking recognizable imagery," her gallery says.

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