Downtown

Ongoing

Valerie Green: Look Up

Charlie James Gallery

March 15 through April 26, 2014

In making work for her Look Up series, Valerie Green took photos through the skylight of her car in various places around L.A. She'd attached a clear plastic phone screen protector to the skylight first, so you see its outline and the sky through the glass in each photo. For her Screen Cleaner series, she used her phone to take pictures of computer screens with screen cleaner on them, another way to explore the relationship between the physical and digital.

Reds

Charlie James Gallery

March 15 through April 26, 2014

Artist Katrina Umber curated this show about the color red, its symbolism and various used. The artists she's enlisted work in a range of media: Catherine Fairbanks in ceramics, Job Piston in photography or Debra Scacco in paint on paper. They all also work in a fairly open-ended, lyrical and restrained way, traits echoed by phrases in the press release like "metaphoric versatility" and "heterogeneity of this noble color."

Emily Davis Adams: Ground

CB1

March 23 through April 27, 2014

New York based Emily Davis Adams creates photorealistic watercolor and gouache paintings of what you see below your feet: patches of grass, asphalt, and gravel. She's working through her interest in masterful painting and a minimalist aesthetic -- such as if you paint a rectangular, monochromatic stretch of asphalt, allowing nothing else into the image frame, isn't it effectively a minimalist painting?

Timothy Nolan: The Soft and Sweet Eclipse

CB1

March 23 through April 27, 2014

L.A. based Timothy Nolan has been collaging together abstract geometric designs, Art Deco patterns, science illustrations and land formations -- it's like planetarium brochures collided with Victor Vasarely's oeuvre. He'll show this collage work in his new show at CB1.

Depression

François Ghebaly Gallery

March 22 through May 10, 2014

The New York gallery Ramiken Crucible, run by Mike Ursuta and Blaze Lehane ("Losers. We were both losers," they told Interview Mag when asked why they became dealers), organized this group show that's vaguely about art and depression. The press release is almost too long to read but full of fun, if confusing, moments, like this quote by Kirk Varnedoe: "There it is. I have shown it to you. It has been done. It is being done. And because it can be done, it will be done. And now, I am done.”

L.A. Heat: Taste Changing Condiments

Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles (CAMLA)

March 13 through July 12, 2014

Sriracha and Tapatio are American-developed hot sauces. The former is Thai-inspired, the latter Mexican-inspired, and, in large U.S. cities, the two rival ketchup and mustard in popularity. This show, which includes a smart group of  artists who are Asian, Latin American and neither, takes these sauces as a jumping off point for exploring what it means to be "All-American."

Mike Kelley

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

March 31 through July 28, 2014

The traveling survey of local icon Mike Kelley's work finally made it to L.A. and it looks better at the Geffen Contemporary than a show has in some time.