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Today, April 1


Thomas Demand

Matthew Marks Gallery

Last Chance - January 24 through April 4, 2015

Backyard, photographer Thomas Demand's new series, has an unsettling subject: Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's yard. Demand made a model based on newspaper photos, then photographed his model. He's also showing a 15-foot-long photo of cherry blossoms.

Devin Kenny: Wrong Window

Aran Cravey

Last Chance - February 13 through April 4, 2015

The "trailer" Devin Kenny posted in anticipation of his Aran Cravey show is a YouTube video of two people shattering the window of a car by throwing a spark plug at it -- first, they crack the window by tapping it with a hammer. Then they throw. The press release for the show is full of references to different kinds of windows (a window on a screen, a window in a building). In the past, Kenny's performances and installations have been kind of like this, surprisingly dramatic accumulations of un-spectacular ideas, actions and objects.

Brendan Fowler: New Pictures, Six Sampler Works, and Benches

Richard Telles Fine Art

Last Chance - February 21 through April 4, 2015

Brendan Fowler made benches and embroidered for his first show at Richard Telles. The artist, known for his idiosyncratic approach to photography, used an embroidery machine that can reproduce photographs, or approximate them. He's also exhibiting a "sampler-based" sound work that can play 12 samples through 10 different databases.

We Choose Art: A Feminist Perspective

The Montalban

Last Chance - March 13 through April 4, 2015

This pop-up show at The Montalban Theater in Hollywood sets out to "document the vibrant, creative culture of feminist artists working today." It includes 18 artists, a couple of which are men.

Justin Margitich: Networks

Moskowitz Bayse

Last Chance - February 7 through April 7, 2015

With his acrylic abstractions, Justin Margitch is trying to "push the term 'network' past its pervasive association with the Internet."

Judith Eisler: Close-Ups & Two Shots

Gavlak Gallery

February 19 through April 11, 2015

The work in artist Judith Eisler's new exhibition was inspired by a quote from John Huston that his daughter, Angelica Huston, included in her recent memoir: "I'll never use close-ups here. You've got to see the distance between the characters, that only happens in a two shot." So Eisler, who's based in New York and Vienna, is exploring "distance between characters" by painting film stills of "in-between moments."

Dani Tull: From Enchantment to Eschaton

LAM Gallery

February 28 through April 11, 2015

In Dani Tull's new show, cobwebs appear in paintings and replicated out of wax, while oil drips down fishing wire. There are also cast glass replicas of psychedelic drip candles.

James O. Clark: 1993 to 2011 in 2015 | Katja Mater: Tiled

ltd los angeles

March 19 through April 16, 2015

James O. Clark is altering the gallery's lighting system and installing his fluorescent bulb and metal sculpture Tibia Plateau, 1993-2011. Katja Mater is working with Meghan Gordon, whose temporary bar "some times" has been in Shirley's space since last autumn, to document the bar's short life.

Michael Goldberg: Making His Mark

Manny Silverman Gallery

February 21 through April 18, 2015

Michael Goldberg, who made his initial mark as a New York School painter, is having two late work shows, at Manny Silverman in West Hollywood and Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York (both galleries represent the estate). His later work has more in common with graffiti art and is "in productive tension with the rigors of postwar American abstraction."

Glenn Ligon: Well, it's bye-bye / If you call that gone

Regen Projects (Hollywood)

March 14 through April 18, 2015

Composer Steve Reich’s 1966 taped-speech composition “Come Out” repeated the same line from a black teen wrongfully accused of murder over and over: "Come out to show them… come out to show them." Ligon repeated the line in his new, big black on white paintings in this show. He also placed two of his signature "America" neon sculptures face down on the floor in the back room.

R. Lyon and Jessie Stead: Duh Angel LIVE


March 15 through April 18, 2015

Artists R. Lyon and Jessie Stead make books together, under JS/RL Periodicals, and Duh Angel their third (a "highly anticipated" third, according the Jenny's press release). There will eleven books in all, and they feature the collaborator's text messages, as well as their "out-of-body communication experiments." The show commemorates and accompanies the book.

Sergei Tcherepnin: Body Bound Notations

Overduin & Co.

March 22 through April 18, 2015

Sergei Tcherepnin's sculpture of metal, wood and fiber are meant to be touched and they make sounds when you push the thin metal sheets up against electronic sensors. The son of a well-known composer, New York-based Tcherepnin is "interested in transforming various mundane objects into speakers."

Marten Elder: New Color Photographs

Tif Sigfrids

March 14 through April 25, 2015

Photographer Marten Elder has been fascinated by the "peculiar" concrete steps and plant life in Los Angeles since he moved here a few years back. He has, according to the gallery, "begun to reveal a dizzying array of detail that most inhabitants of the city may not have realized they are surrounded by."

Zak Prekop

Thomas Duncan Gallery

March 27 through April 25, 2015

Zak Prekop's second solo show at Thomas Duncan likely features new abstractions -- the kind of casual but controlled compositions of blocks, circles and swirls for which he's known.

Ginger Wolfe-Suarez: A Thing Repeated Is Not Always All The Same

Diane Rosenstein Fine Art

March 21 through May 2, 2015

The title of Ginger Wolfe-Suarez's show comes from the series of work she makes of pairs of wood, drywall, and images. One piece of drywall might have a photocopy of flowers on it, while the piece of drywall next to it will have a drawing of that same photocopy attached to it. She's also including a series of light boxes that show different versions of the same family photo.

Cody Trepte: Remainder

Meliksetian | Briggs

March 21 through May 2, 2015

The puzzle an amateur magician named Paul Curry invented in 1953 -- six triangles that could be rearranged -- was the starting point for the work in L.A. artist Cody Trepte's new exhibition. There will be a "large image of a man in a library" hanging in the gallery's center.

Ivan Comas: Open Studio

Steve Turner

March 21 through May 2, 2015

Buenos Aires-based Ivan Comas will be showing paintings made from cement, asphalt, and house paint, meant to evoke "poorly maintained roads and other gritty aspects of contemporary urban life." He's been working in a studio at the end of the gallery building as part of a three-month residency, and the studio will be open to visitors over the course of the show, hence the title "Open Studio."

Amelie von Wulffen

Freedman Fitzpatrick

March 22 through May 2, 2015

Berlin-based Amelie von Wulffen makes abstract paintings that looks sort of like expressionistic collages -- maybe a naked guy with his back to us in the middle and a small white house in the far right corner.


CMay Gallery

March 24 through May 22, 2015

Artists Lee Bae, Kim Kiduck, and Bahk Seon Ghi, all originally from Korea, do abstract, minimal work. Bahk Seon Ghi uses charcoal, nylon thread and small stones to make his work. Lee Bae draws with charcoal on canvas.

Jesse Benson

Michael Benevento

March 28 through May 23, 2015

L.A.-based Jesse Benson, who paints, makes books, collages and sometimes installs objects at unusual heights and angles, is having his first solo show at Michael Benevento.

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