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Thursday, December 4


Sabio and Skullphone: OMBRE

New Image Art Gallery

Last Chance - November 8 through 28, 2014

Two street artists are seeking refuge in the "calm, inviting" space of the gallery, showing paintings and drawings and focusing on thing like mark making and the life-death dichotomy.

Ian Ruhter: Silver & Light

Fahey/Klein Gallery

Last Chance - October 16 through November 29, 2014

Ian Ruhter is a blast from the past: he travels around the Western landscape and makes collodion wet plates of mountains and lakes. He and his assistants have converted a delivery truck into a dark room that they apparently call “The Time Machine."

DeLoss McGraw: I've Run Away From The Circus

Couturier Gallery

Last Chance - October 25 through November 29, 2014

DeLoss McGraw made 60 gouache paintings, some of which are double sided, and a few bronze sculptures to "celebrate the circus of life." Mostly, he takes inspiration from writers like Robert Creely or William Faulkner, though he also references personalities like Charlie Chaplin.

Clare Grill: Mary Mary | Ray Anthony Barrett: Word Is Bond

Diane Rosenstein Fine Art

Last Chance - October 18 through November 29, 2014

New York artist Clare Grill's new show has a girl's name and her paintings take patterns from antique samplers made by girls, but they're also "dynamic reappraisals of contemporary abstraction." Ray Anthony Barrett's narrative drawings are inspired by Lewis Carroll, Hieronymus Bosch, R. Crumb and the Wu Tang Clan.

Bruce Richards: Future/Past

Jack Rutberg Gallery

Last Chance - September 20 through November 29, 2014

Bruce Richards makes hyperreal polychromed bronze sculptures and paintings, sometimes on shaped canvases inside of shaped frames (like his diptych of a woman's torso).

Cara Benedetto and Davida Nemeroff: The Pelvic Floor

Young Art

Last Chance - November 1 through 29, 2014

This show, structured around the casino and taking a gamble, will probably be half photographic, half sculptural. The press release suggests it will also be about how desperate the idea of the "sharing economy" seems these days.

The Hypnotist


Last Chance - November 15 through December 3, 2014

In this group show, there's a silent film by Mauricio Espinosa, called The Hypnotist like the exhibition, which was the inspiration for a sound work by the Drone Doom duo. The rest of the show was put together with the sound as inspiration: there's blown glass by artist Dylan Palmer, porcelain sculpture by ceramicist Mary Beierle and some drawings.

Thomas Eggerer

Richard Telles Fine Art

November 1 through December 6, 2014

In making his big new painting, Heavy Harvest, Thomas Eggerer borrowed from socialist propaganda and ancient hieroglyphs. Looking at it is supposed to feel sort of like reading -- your eye wants to scan left to right but also to look close at the individual figures, and Eggerer is interested in these contrasting urges.

Dwyer Kilcollin: The View


November 1 through December 6, 2014

Artist Dwyer Kilcollin has created a temporary exhibition space in an Eastside park where her work, including a fence she built and relief sculptures she's attached to that fence, will be on view for three days. After those three days are up, her show will migrate to M+B in West Hollywood.

Moshé Elimelech: Suspended Geometry

Cmay Gallery at the Pacific Design Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 8 through December 20, 2014

Miriam Hanks-Todd seems to exist, if she exists at all, mainly to talk about Christian Cummings, with whom she's co-exhibiting. Says Hanks-Tood: "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 as primary modes of expression."

Charles Ray

Matthew Marks Gallery

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.

Bruce Conner: Crossroads 1976 and Works on Paper

Kohn Gallery

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.

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


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

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

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.

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. 

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.

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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