Gary Baseman: Mythical Homeland
October 5 through December 12, 2013
October 5 through December 12, 2013
Last Chance - November 16 through December 7, 2013
Ni chana ni juana means neither here nor there and "Ni Chana Ti-Juana," the title of a new 18th Street Arts Center exhibition, plays on the phrase. The work in the show, all made by graduate students in Otis's Public Practice Program after trips to Camino Verde in Tijuana, aims to address physical and psychological borders between people and places.
Last Chance - October 5 through December 12, 2013
Gary Baseman, the artist who designed the graphics for the game Cranium, probes his family history in this new exhibition. He built a fake forest, hanging framed paintings hanging from trees, and is loosely telling the story of his Freedom Fighter father's time hiding from Nazis in woodland.
October 14 through December 20, 2013
"Be Dammed" is a research-based project by artist Carolina Caycedo that explores concepts of flow and containment, investigating correlations between the mechanisms of social control and the unethical aspects of public works infrastructural projects including large water dams and reservoirs. "Be Dammed," which includes a performance series in addition to the objects and images on view in the gallery, reflects the artist's ongoing interest in the effects of mega-infrastructure on nature and people.
November 2 through December 21, 2013
When artist Rachel Lachowicz started working with cosmetics, she mainly used the material to remake work by iconic men -- her cube shaped Sarah (1993) was a replica of sculptor Richard Serra's One Ton Prop. Since then, she's become something of an expert on the material properties of cosmetics and her new show at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, her sixth there, includes a few lipstick wax sculptures, geometric plexi shapes filled with eye shadow powder and meticulous, wall-hanging text pieces made entirely of eye-shadow tins ("Context is Queen," says one).
November 2 through December 31, 2013
Abstract Expressionists Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Motherwell were married for thirteen years, from 1958-1971, and Leslie Sacks Fine Art's current show pairs late career work by both artists -- his from the 1980s and 1990s, before his 1991 death, and hers from the early 2000s, before her death in 2011. The artists' paintings are similarly colorful, though it's not hard to tell her fuller environments from his more minimal ones.
November 9, 2013 through January 4, 2014
Brazilian artist Waltercio Caldas, who began working in the 1960s, makes often minimal and neutrally-colored sculptures that reference the materialist world in understated ways (A emoção estética includes a black iron ring, with shoes painted to match attached to it, resting on top of a beige carpet). He has made a new series of sculptures exploring negative space for his Christopher Grimes gallery show, which coincides with a Caldas retrospective at University of Texas's Blanton Museum of Art.
November 23, 2013 through January 4, 2014
The last show longtime painter Karen Carson had at Rosamund Felsen gallery feature mood posters, paintings with expressive, abstracted faces dead center and descriptions of those face's moods in dramatic fonts above and below. Her new show promises to be different. The paintings will be bigger and feature mechanical, rugged things like tractors, all painted in Carson's casually exuberant style.
November 14, 2013 through January 11, 2014
Known for his funny, freestanding figures made of often-colored wooden blocks, New York sculptor Joel Shapiro installed his first large-scale suspended sculpture nine years ago. He has exhibited about four similarly scaled works to date. His exhibition at L.A. Louver in Venice will include one, with colored planks held up by string angling and hovering in the gallery space.
December 5, 2013 through January 16, 2014
Students at the all-girls Archer School have curated an exhibition of painter Brad Spence's work, which includes some of the cotton-candy-colored, smudged and blurred airbrushed paintings from his Of Age series. In making that series, Spence imagined a young man figuring out his girl obsession in a world full of glossy magazines and music videos, and now a group of girls will figure out how to display the results of this imaginary man's coming of age.
October 25, 2013 through February 23, 2014
The California Heritage Museum, based out of a historic green house on Main Street in Santa Monica, often has historical shows (like its exhibition of Spanish Revival furniture). But it's current exhibition features five young-ish artists--Natalie Arnoldi, Alec Egan, Matt Lifson, Jake Kean Mayman and Jacob Melchi--selected by longtime L.A. artist Guy Dill, all of them painters who straddle abstraction and figuration.