Maya Hayuk: Hammer Projects
August 17 through January 26, 2014
August 17 through January 26, 2014
Last Chance - November 9 through December 14, 2013
Kim Ye, who finished her graduate work in sculpture at UCLA in 2012, does performances and makes objects that explore the relationship between bodies and domestic materials. In her current show, her first solo one at OHWOW, a drooping latex dresser and bookshelf appear, as do wall-pieces featuring vertical blinds cut to resemble fishnet stockings.
Last Chance - September 12 through December 14, 2013
For The Woods, a three-part exhibition years in the making, Perry Rubenstein gallery divided its space into three separate, curtained-off screening rooms. This means you will have no distractions as you watch Candace Breitz's smartly edited, multi-channel videos of child actors from Bollywood and Hollywood, or two Nigerian Nollywood actors who often play children, discussing their craft.
November 2 through December 20, 2013
All eleven artists in Inside this Human Clay, a show organized by critics Sarah Lehrer Graiwer and Jan Tumlir at ltd Los Angeles, work with models, depict the figure in a relatively realistic way. The show takes its title from The Human Clay, a 1976 exhibition artist R.B. Kitaj organized in London to announce a new interest in figuration, and includes work by Kitaj, as well as Vanessa Beecroft's spare drawings of a model in fetal position and Kristian Burford's sculptures of crumbling mannequins.
November 9 through December 21, 2013
Petra Cortright has youtube channel, exhibited work in the Internet Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale and made everything in ✖✗✘ BLank BLANk bLANk •・∘ , her current show at Steve Turner Contemporary, on a computer. Her web cam videos, priced according to an algorithm Cortright developed to correspond with number of views, will play on small monitors hung alongside digital paintings printed on silk and aluminum.
November 9 through December 21, 2013
Lari Pittman's current exhibition, his seventh at Regen but his first since the gallery opened its new, larger Hollywood space, includes three mural size paintings. Characteristically dense, colorful and tapestry-like, they co-opt images evoking violence and surveillance--a noose, the view through a rifle's lens--, using them as design elements in what are supposed to be nuanced spin-offs on history painting.
November 23 through December 21, 2013
Jonathan Apgar, who graduated from UCLA this year, makes paintings that are sort of like late Matisse meets William Morris. He's having his first solo show at ACME and his work will hang in galleries adjacent to the ones featuring especially geometric paintings by the often-post-apocalytptic Tomory Dodge.
November 16 through December 21, 2013
The work in John Burtle's first solo show at Michael Benevento gallery includes mostly paintings, but all of these come off the frame: canvas draped over its support or un-stretched found linen with frames and images affixed to its front, or petals of dried acrylic assembled, not painted, on top of a round canvas. The imagery is retro -- a strawberry painting feels very 1980s and the purple petal painting recalls a shag rug -- which makes the show feel classic even while it's iconoclastic, which seems to have been at least part of Burtle's goal.
November 10 through December 21, 2013
In the past, Dianna Molzan has left stretcher bars bare, or allowed not-quite-square canvas to hang loosely off her frames in a way that feels unfinished. The paintings in her new show involve hardly any exposed wood and, as a result, feel more like finished abstractions than in-progress experiments. But some do take unconventional shapes, like the narrow suit of canvases with eyes and lips, and the show is still pleasantly quirky.
November 16 through December 22, 2013
This summer, Berlin-based artist Ulrich Wulff came to California, where he moved into a desert studio in Chambless, a town with approximately ten residents. He meant to make oil paintings there but didn't due the dry climate and other complications. So when he went to L.A. to make the paintings in his new show, he tried to capture the quietness and tranquility of desert experience, which explains his paintings' overly spare poeticism.
November 7, 2013 through January 4, 2014
Fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth's current show at Fahey Klein, mostly black and white images of scantily clad women, riffs on past ideas of Hollywood glamour and vintage erotica -- a Marilyn Monroe look alike smokes in bed and a woman in a Betty Grable-worthy body suit walks down the Sunset Strip.
November 23, 2013 through January 4, 2014
Mateo Tannatt, whose sculptures casually juxtapose objects like bananas or wigs with minimal steel frames or other such forms, uses produce in his most recent show. There's a room of phallic clay sculptures of fruit and vegetables, and another with larger-than-life clownish figures lounging on pedestals, a male mannequin with an erection lying on saw horses and a picture of pants hanging in a lemon tree in the corner.
December 7, 2013 through January 4, 2014
Mark Flores and Nicolau Vergueiro have known each other for a while -- they were CalArts students together and then on staff at the same gallery. For this show, the third in a trio of collaborative exhibitions at Commonwealth & Council, their working loosely with the metaphor of a clown's pocket. Flores' geometric, painted sculptures and Vergueiro's alphabet-informed paintings are trying to make room for spontaneity and interact with each other in playful, perhaps unexpected ways.
November 14, 2013 through January 10, 2014
L.A. artist Mark Flores, who's interested in how digital techniques can and can't dovetail with more organic painterly ones, used a process that approximates CMYK printing to make the paintings for his first show at newly opened Agency Contemporary Art (previously Wharton+Espinosa).
November 23, 2013 through January 11, 2014
Between 1973 and 2010, Daniel Weinberg moved his gallery back and forth between San Francisco and Los Angeles, giving artists like Jeff Koons and Robert Gober their first West Coast shows. Ambach & Rice, formerly a Seattle gallery, moved into Weinberg's Wilshire space when he vacated it three years ago. They invited Weinberg to curate his 40th anniversary show in the modest building that used to be his. He agreed, and his show will be an impressively dense glimpse into history.
October 5, 2013 through January 12, 2014
MOCA's recent acquisitions show has some gems: Samara Golden's psychologically twisted, mostly white installation where 3-D glasses are optional; Marnie Weber's group of pristine, life-size clown sculptures; Ryan Trecartin's built-out viewing room, with multiple monitors, couches and clothes with tags still on them scattered across the floor; Andrea Fraser's video in which Frank Gehry's Guggenheim seduces her.
November 23, 2013 through January 18, 2014
The idea behind Belgian artist Ann Vernonica Janssen's third show at 1301 P.E. is to explore the ungraspable -- "spaces between" particularly interest her (between light and shadow, for instance). In the past, she has worked with lightbulbs, fog machines and large shiny objects (a steel disk or a gold, see-through satellite dish), and this show will most likely involve similar material.
August 17, 2013 through January 26, 2014
With their symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors, Maya Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.