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Elephant Art Space

Last Chance - February 7 through 28, 2015

This show focuses on how the materials artists use influences interpretations of their work, and the artists involved are, purportedly, at the "forefront of exploring the potential of material as subject." Trish Tillman uses rope and steel. Matt Allison uses found objects (e.g., an old ruler) and found images.

Benjamin Lord: The New Retail Mycology

Monte Vista Projects

Last Chance - February 7 through March 1, 2015

Benjamin Lord makes tableuax out of strange objects or organic material, like fungi, but presents them as if they're new, shiny products. He framed his photos in candy-colored aluminum, so they'll be especially bright and palatable.

Everything Speaks Twice

VACANCY

Last Chance - 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 . . . .”

Sincerely Yours | Manifest American Mythic

Torrance Art Museum

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.

Jory Rabinovitz: EBB

Martos Gallery

January 30 through March 14, 2015

Jory Rabinovitz, who often makes wonky columns, has an exhibition and a tragicomedy opening this weekend. Hopefully, the exhibition will be tragic and comic, too.

Gala Porras-Kim: For Prospective Rock/Artifact Projection | Yukako Ando: A little bird told me.

Commonwealth & Council

February 14 through March 14, 2015

Gala Porras-Kim, an artist who has shown withe Commonwealth & Council four times now, filmed a boulder underwater, and she's exploring, as she has before, the indecipherability of language and the difficulty of mapping and communicating clearly. There will actually be maps in the show, and diagrams and multiple renderings of a rock's surface. At the same time, artist Yukako Ando will exhibit new wall installations that involve picture postcards and fences.

Lakwena Maciver: I Remember Paradise

Papillion

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. The bright "sculpture paintings" she made for this show were inspired by a trip to Uganda and the idea that the artist is a kind of "mythologist."

Leon Mostovoy: Market Street Cinema

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

January 23 through March 21, 2015

Between 1987 and 1988, Leon Mostovoy photographed sex workers at a San Francisco strip club. Mostly, Mostovoy focused on queer femmes, and said of the project, "I wanted to introduce people to the nuanced softness found underneath the tough exteriors of the dancers."

John Zane Zappas: N U S T A C H U S

Outside Gallery

February 7 through April 5, 2015

This exhibition, held in the side/front yard of a house, features "site-specific" sculptures and also some drawings on aluminum by John Zane Zappas moves "from the familiar to the ambiguous with a dizzying lack of distinction between humor and solemnity."

Jenny Monick and Gedi Sibony

Reserve Ames

February 14 through April 5, 2015

Reserve Ames, a gallery in a garage and also in a fantastic mid-city craftsman house, is showing neo-minmal abstraction: Gedi Sibony, who works with cardboard, tape and wood, and Jenny Monick, who mostly paints.

Andy Romanoff: Sacred Faces

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

February 21 through April 5, 2015

Photojournalist Andy Romanoff has been photographing Buddhas and Jesus figures, because he's interested in the way their faces look. Now he has installed his Sacred Faces series in Shatto Chapel at L.A.'s architecturally impressive First Congregation Church.

Eduardo Consuegra: Lifetime Guarantee

Commonwealth & Council

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.

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