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Elephant Art Space
January 9 through 31, 2015
Elephant Art Space
January 9 through 31, 2015
Last Chance - December 17, 2014 through January 28, 2015
Adrià Julià’s Unwatchable Scenes, part of a series on a controversial 1980s Korean War film, abstracts obsolete, damaged film images. Miljohn Ruperto and Aimée de Jongh’s Janus is an animation that deals with the idea of the "ideal form." So there will be distortion and idealism in this small, collaborative show.
Last Chance - December 15, 2014 through January 30, 2015
Ashes/Ashes, a pretty new mid-city space, has six artists in its end of year show (Ryan McNamara is probably the best known of these) and the show is supposed to explore "how contemporary artists subvert aesthetic conventions." They apparently do this in a huge array of ways, including by "tweaking and twisting norms without actually overturning them."
Last Chance - January 9 through 31, 2015
Keith Walsh is exploring the sociopolitical history of the United States since the 1960s, in drawings and sculptures. It's a pretty ambitious task that will probably take a wide variety of forms, since Walsh is a bit of a chameleon when it comes to style -- he might go for futuristic, photographic or cartoonish, or combine all three.
Last Chance - October 12, 2014 through February 1, 2015
The El Segundo Museum of Art, built out of a vacant lot and less than a year old, is focusing on art in the domestic space with this group show that includes Eduard Vuillard, Joseph Cornell and youngsters like Cole Sternberg. The press release is full of questions, like, "Does any artwork in your home remind you of your grandparents?"
January 10 through February 7, 2015
Danielle Dean is still playing with political and commercial rhetoric, and she’s still exploring her Houston, Texas connections with her new video installation, “Hexafluorosilicic.” She filmed it in her Third Ward apartment, and, with this project, she’s particularly interested in health and death as “radically materialistic, and highly ambivalent.”
January 11 through February 15, 2015
Mark A. Rodriguez wanted his show to fit into the "consumer-industrial sector" and took inspiration from domestic objects, making both wall-mounted and floor-standing work. He used found objects to make his own version of a lamp and various keepsakes. He also made puzzles out of life insurance ads.
January 15 through February 18, 2015
Ouroboros, the symbol of eternity that consists of a serpent eating itself, informed Grant Shumate's new paintings. Shumate, who photographs his paintings then inkjet prints them onto canvas, also organized a series of collaborative, ritualistic performances involving artists like Nana Ghana, Futuristic Yao and Jeremy Soundwave.
December 19, 2014 through February 20, 2015
Jennifer Moon is among the first artists to exhibit at Equitable Vitrines, a new public art space at the Equitable Life Building on Wilshire. According to the show announcement, Moon "differs from the average tenant of the Equitable Life Building in that she actively avoids the traditional distinctions . . . between home and office." So can/should her work in two lobby vitrines help those tenants, of which there are over one thousand, think about distinctions differently?
January 11 through February 22, 2015
The work in Mending Wall explores "borders and divisions" in construction, and since the gallery used to be an auto mechanic shop and later a machinist's shop, the subject seems well-suited to the space. All the artists guest curator Alexis Rose invited dissect or analyze the way things work.
October 23, 2014 through March 1, 2015
The Skirball is digging into Hollywood history with one show about Jewish exiles working in movies and another about the ripple effects of film noir. A third show, an installation by Austrian artist Isa Rosenberger, pays tribute to a Viennese coffee shop and a little-known Jewish writer named Gina Kaus.
January 22 through March 5, 2015
“Everything Speaks Twice,” the first show at Vacancy, includes work by four artists, including Tanya Brodsky, whose sculptures have a sense of humor, and painter-sculptor Trina Turturici. The four initially got together for dinner with the space’s co-founders and their exhibition developed from there. The press release is written in the voice of someone who works at a fancy hotel: “The guests come in. . . . The lobby and the objects in it speak to them, direct them, transform them . . . .”
January 17 through March 7, 2015
Max Presneill curated a show of New(isn) Romantic painters, "Sincerely Yours," and it includes artists who host "belief in the act of painting." A number, like Jessica Williams and Sarah Dougherty, tell stories in their work. In the second gallery, a smaller group show looks at connections between contemporary art and the old West.
January 17 through March 15, 2015
London-based Lakwena Maciver borrows from the history of sign painting and graphic design to make her work, which she sometimes shows on streets in the form of signs or murals. She'll be in a gallery this time, exhibiting "sculpture paintings" inspired by a trip to Uganda and exploring the idea of artist as a kind of "mythologist."
September 25, 2014 through April 5, 2015
Mark Steven Greenfield has been working in Greater L.A., both on fringes and in centers, for years. A lot of the work in this survey deals with history, like 19th century minstrel shows, as well as cosmology, genealogy and specific L.A. neighborhoods. He's also been known to toy with African American stereotypes.
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.
September 13, 2014 through August 23, 2015
With her installation of photographs and audio interviews, Kim Stringfellow's exploring the desire to flee urban sprawl and the derelict desert cabins that artists are reclaiming.
Abstract painter June Harwood, whose crisp, geometric compositions made her a key member of the West Coast “Hard Edge” movement, passed away earlier this month at her Studio City home at the age of 81. Her death was confirmed in an email from her gallery, Louis Stern Fine Arts, where an already-planned exhibition of her […]
Nestled into a corner of Griffith Park, The Autry National Center of the American West keeps a low profile compared to flashier LA museums like LACMA, MOCA, and the forthcoming Broad. More than just cowboy culture, however, their singular commitment to art and artifacts of the West ranges from exhibitions like “California’s Designing Women,” […]
LACMA made headlines this past summer when it released updated plans of its proposed $650 million re-design by Peter Zumthor, but it will be years before the project is completed – provided the they are even able to raise that staggering sum. For those who crave immediate architectural gratification, however, a series of more […]
The photographer Lewis Baltz, one the seminal figures of the New Topographics movement of the 1960s and 70s, died on Sunday. He was 69 years old. Baltz’s straightforward, deadpan images of the American built environment were prime examples of the new wave of American landscape photography. Along with Robert Adams, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel […]