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Thursday, December 18


Moshé Elimelech: Suspended Geometry

Cmay Gallery at the Pacific Design Center

Last Chance - November 14 through December 19, 2014

Moshé Elimelech, an L.A. based artist who's originally from Tel Aviv, does abstract paintings of red rectangles inside of blue boxes, or other such combinations of geometric shapes. The paintings in this show are specifically supposed to demonstrate his "elegant precision with form and color."

Rob Wynne: The Backstage of the Universe

Gavlak Gallery

Last Chance - October 25 through December 20, 2014

New York based Rob Wynne previously made butterflies out of glass beads, but now that Gavlak Gallery's moved its main space from Palm Beach to L.A., he's getting grittier, using black glass to make text sculptures. The sculptures say things like "Masquerade," and the "visual impact is just as powerful as the words themselves."

John Miller: Do It Again!

Meliksetian | Briggs

Last Chance - October 25 through December 20, 2014

John Miller, who's been showing since the 1980s, is doing two "pseudo-realistic paintings" and two "pseudo abstract" paintings for this new show. The pseudo-realistic paintings reference Black Power rallies and a fictional rock band named after the 19th century abolitionist Carrie Nation.

Emerson Woelffer: Selections of A Career

Manny Silverman Gallery

Last Chance - October 29 through December 20, 2014

Emerson Woelffler, who made ritualistic abstractions, taught at Black Mountain College and was friends with Robert Motherwell and Buckminster Fuller before moving to SoCal and teaching out here too. This show is a "celebration of his legacy."

Adam Mars: Once Upon a Time, We Weren’t Stalkers

GUSFORD | los angeles

Last Chance - November 7 through December 20, 2014

Right now, L.A.-based, Internet-obsessed Adam Mars has a billboard on La Cienega in Culver City that says "I Love You, And Then I Googled You." In his new Gusford Gallery show, he'll be exhibiting similar quips that he's spray painted in black on colored brick panels.

Daniel Payavis: A Standard Connection

Thomas Duncan Gallery

Last Chance - November 1 through December 20, 2014

Painter Daniel Payavis is interested in "the poetic potentiality of sign, image and surface," which means he gets excited about the painting process. In this show, one group of works use stencils while the other uses inverse stencils to generate "a trompe l'oeil image of the stenciling in-process."

Christian Herman Cummings and Miriam Hanks-Todd: Multiple Inversions in Multiple Versions

Michael Benevento

Last Chance - November 8 through December 20, 2014

Miriam Hanks-Todd seems to exist, if she exists at all, mainly to talk about Christian Cummings, her alter ego with whom she’s co-exhibiting. Says Hanks-Todd: “Calling his art prosthetic for a self that isn’t there, Cummings is an ironist who uses topsy turvy logics, nontraditional authorship, and daydreamy psychical introspection.” The show includes a series of rubber replicas of window blinds.

Charles Ray

Matthew Marks Gallery

Last Chance - November 1 through December 20, 2014

Charles Ray, known for his life-size sculpted self-portraits and firetruck and tractor sculptures, has been machining these shiny steel figures and objects over the last few years. This new show includes a shiny steel truck compressed into a rectangle and a life-size reclining man.

Lita Albuquerque: Light Carries Information

Kohn Gallery

Last Chance - November 15 through December 20, 2014

Because Lit Albuquerque's monograph, Stellar Axis, is coming out, Kohn is showing four large photographs of short-lived land art works she made Antarctica in 2006.

Bruce Conner: Crossroads 1976 and Works on Paper

Kohn Gallery

Last Chance - November 8 through December 20, 2014

Bruce Conner's disturbing short film Crossroads, made in 1976 from declassified footage of the first underwater atomic bomb test, will be on view. It has a soundtrack by minimalists Terry Riley and Patrick Gleeson, which makes it weirder and eerier.

Seven Reeds

Overduin & Co.

Last Chance - November 9 through December 20, 2014

All the artists in this show are playing with minimalism (and its discontents) in various ways.

Jacolby Satterwhite: How Lovely Is Me Being As I Am


Last Chance - November 15 through December 20, 2014

Jacolby Satterwhite uses his mother's drawings as inspiration. His title for this show came from a phrase she wrote above a drawing of seven vessels: "How lovly is me being as I am." But his prints, videos and sculptures are pretty cosmic. They involve 3-D animation and often look like the set for an especially out-there sic-fi flick.

Frances Scholz: Amboy

Tif Sigfrids

Last Chance - November 15 through December 20, 2014

Frances Scholz lives in Cologne and came to L.A. to make a film about Lydia van Vogt, widow of the science fiction writer  A.E. van Vogt. Instead, she began making a movie about an artist with many styles that no one has heard of named Amboy. It's not clear if he's real or not but he's at the core of this gallery exhibition and apparently proclaimed at one point, " “I Amboy or I Amgirl, I destroy the self."

Ann Craven

Hannah Hoffman Gallery

Last Chance - November 15 through December 20, 2014

Painter Ann Craven, who does loosely representational, sometimes whimsical paintings of birds or night skies, is having her first solo show at Hannah Hoffman.

Teryn Brown and Sarah Bowser: HELLO FOREVER

Sunday Los Angeles

Last Chance - December 13 through 20, 2014

In one of Sunday's quick, week-long shows, young artists Teryn Brown and Sarah Bowser are showing paper cuts (the gallery's website shows pastel colored paper flags) and zines alongside their paintings.

Art of the Selfie - Temple of Art

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

December 5 through 28, 2014

Allan Amato photographs fine artists and then invites those artist to reinterpret his photographs of them. So his current show is collaborative, including work by Amato himself and the many artists he has photographed over the years.

Daniel Faust and Fabrice Hyber: Without End

Varola at the Pacific Design Center

September 18, 2014 through January 2, 2015

Daniel Faust is presenting photographs of objects in "reality" museums like music hall of fames or wax museums (he's taken over 7,000 such photos). His longtime friend Fabrice Hyber is showing a life-size boy mannequin and a children’s swing set with s silicon penis built into the swing. 

Julie Weitz: Here From Behind


December 13, 2014 through January 3, 2015

Julie Weitz new show is, according to the gallery's press release, "a diagram of exploded consciousness." Drawings and painted, drawn-on plexiglas overlap each other and it's all about the cloudiness and clarity that coexist inside your mind.

Seth Adelsberger: Night Shades | Dike Blair: Drinks

ltd los angeles

November 22, 2014 through January 10, 2015

Baltimore-based Seth Adelsberger completed a number of fairly sleek, monochromatic abstractions using gesso, as well as pixelated-looking carpets he designed then had printed. Dike Blair, who teaches at Rhode Island School of Design, is showing intimate paintings of drinks (at old school bars or overseas restaurants he's visited).

Mario Montez: Montezland

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum

September 20, 2014 through January 11, 2015

This is a show all about pre-Stonewall drag performer Mario Montez's influence on the New York underground -- there's video, ephemera, documentation of collaborations Montez did with so many different artists and two headdresses.

Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman

MOCA at The Pacific Design Center

October 11, 2014 through January 11, 2015

Marjorie Cameron Parsons, who always went just by "Cameron," made art in L.A. and appeared in cult films in the 1960s and 1970s. She was part Beat artist in the way her friends Wallace Berman and George Herms were, and a pretty eccentric, singular character who's had few major shows before now.

Michelle Guintu: Obsession

New Image Art Gallery

December 13, 2014 through January 11, 2015

Michelle Guintu's new work features 1980s and 1990s pop icons, flattened out, collaged together and sometimes made cartoon-like. The band TLC makes an appearance; so does Tupac.

Zachary Aronson: Olympus

Moskowitz Gallery

December 12, 2014 through January 12, 2015

For his new show, Zachary Aronson is redoing the gallery floor and installing 12 burned wood towers that reference Greek myths.

Veronica De Jesus: Cars For Your Life

LAST Projects

December 12, 2014 through January 16, 2015

"Why does America so love its cars, and so hate its car salesmen?" So asks the press release for Veronica de Jesus's new exhibition. At the Dec. 12 opening, three car salesmen will pitch de Jesus's drawings to gallery guests.

Roland Reiss: Floral Paintings and Miniatures

Diane Rosenstein Fine Art

December 11, 2014 through January 17, 2015

Roland Reiss, who's 85 and known for mentoring young L.A. artists, is showing new flower paintings -- always with flowers in the center of the canvas -- and some of his miniatures. The miniatures are like tiny sets for over-the-top films.

It's Just a Shot Away: Rolling Stones in Photographs


December 13, 2014 through January 31, 2015

Taschen, the art/photo/erotica book publisher, just opened a gallery space on Melrose. It has a really prominent hot pink sign and the first show features photographs of the Rolling Stones by photographers like Albert Watson and David Bailey.

Morgan MacLean: Massing the Void

Reform Gallery

December 4, 2014 through February 2, 2015

L.A.-based Morgan MacLean hand-chisels mahogany or other kinds of wood to make sculptures of objects like paper bags or milk cartons. He's displaying his sculptures on pedestals in the furniture store's  small exhibition space.

Jesse Stecklow: Potential Derivatives


December 13, 2014 through February 7, 2015

The press release for Jesse Stecklow's show is a photograph of a list that's been punched with holes. It's a picture of something run of the mill that's been altered, like a lot of Stecklow's work. "There is data and some of its potential derivatives," reads the last line.

Meghan Gordon: some times

ltd los angeles

October 17, 2014 through March 15, 2015

Artist Meghan Gordon started a bar in her CalArts studio last year. It appeared downtown at Cirrus Gallery this summer and now it's opening at ltd Los Angeles for six months. There will be drinks and special bar programming.

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