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

TASCHEN Gallery

Last Chance - 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.

Hudson Marquez: Rhythm and Shoes | Charles Binger: Illustrator

La Luz de Jesus Gallery

Last Chance - January 9 through February 1, 2015

Hudson Marquez is telling the stories, "maybe," of R & B musicians and their shoes in his new show of comical illustrations. At the same time, work will be on view by the late Charles Binger, who took a much graver, more romantic approach to illustrating pulp novel covers and painting movie stars.

Morgan MacLean: Massing the Void

Reform Gallery

Last Chance - 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.

​Alex Chaves: My Albatross

Artist Curated Projects

January 15 through February 5, 2015

The press release for Alex Chaves' painting exhibition is a poem: "Talking to people exasperates my patience/ When I see something beautiful/it shuts me up". The paintings will probably be figurative in a messy way, and may include figures with no hair.

Space Program

Steve Turner

January 10 through February 7, 2015

The first show in Steve Turner's new converted Hollywood warehouse space will be a group show of gallery artists, and it will emphasize these artists' shared interests in the Internet, institutional critique or social issues.

Jesse Stecklow: Potential Derivatives

M+B

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.

Troika: Cartography of Control

Kohn Gallery

January 10 through February 7, 2015

Troika, a collective founded in 2003 by French artist Sebastien Noel and German artists Eva Rucki and Conny Freyer, used geometry and mathematical equations to figure out how to make the work for this show. They also employed light, water and electricity, and made a rotating sculpture called Sum of all Possibilities. 

Cima Rahmankhah: Echoes of Many

Agency

January 17 through February 7, 2015

Ancient Persian proverbs and idioms inform the narrative paintings that Cima Rahmakha is showing at Agency, although you might see not-so-ancient things like nail polish or lipstick in the New York-based artist's work. You also might see her, or many versions of her, as she often toys with self-portraiture.

Hollywood Hills House

Hollywood Hills House

January 24 through February 8, 2015

ltd Los Angeles' one-week performance series takes place off-site, at a house in the Hollywood Hills. It includes a reading, a flag raising and a ritual or two with a high priest involved.

David Stork: 10 Blocks Square - Havana 1999

Couturier Gallery

January 10 through February 14, 2015

David Stork spent time photographing just 10 blocks of Havana in 1999, using a Holga camera that gave him slightly circular images. He's showing 25 of those photographs.

The Heart is the Frame

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

January 7 through February 14, 2015

This group exhibition has a pretty good line-up of humor-friendly conceptual artists (Emily Roysdon, Harry Dodge) as well as some more serious image-makers (Sharon Lockhart, William E. Jones). It's also set out to achieve a complicated goal: questioning "the practice of everyday living by breaking down the cinematic guise of commonplace existence." Mostly, this means it will include cinematic still images of daily life.

Dan Finsel

Richard Telles Fine Art

January 10 through February 14, 2015

A movie called Affective Memory: (A / The Cage) is at the center of Dan Finsel's new show at Richard Telles. It's the first in a series of such film in which uses different objects to spur emotions. In this one, he touches a cage, and then seems to be paralyzed by anguish. He's also exhibiting a big black box that emits the sound of a cat in heat.

Plainly to Propound

Gavlak Gallery

January 10 through February 14, 2015

Gavlak's new group show takes its title from a Wallace Stevens poem, and mostly includes work by painters experimenting with whimsy and abstraction (Allison Miller and Michael Manning, who has a penchant for pastel colors, are among the artists).

Oscar Enberg: Jean, Jean et l'enfant sauvage

Thomas Duncan Gallery

January 10 through February 14, 2015

In his first L.A. show, Auckland-based Oscar Enberg is riffing on the story of Aladdin, particularly Frenchman Antoine Galland's translation of it. Enberg is also interested in a later animated version of the story, also by a Frenchman, and in the ideas of "fortune" and "good luck," which is why the show will include wishbones and goldfish.

Kon Trubkovich: House of the Rising Sun

OHWOW

January 17 through February 14, 2015

All the paintings in Kon Tubkovich's new show are based on two seconds of footage from Reagan's 1987 "tear down this wall!" speech. He's also showing a five minute video of Russians singing "House of the Rising Sun" in English but phonetically, without necessarily conveying (or understanding) the meaning of the words.

Rachid Bouhamidi: Moving Still

LAST Projects

January 24 through February 14, 2015

Rachid Bouhamidi makes paintings of private and public environments and transitory moments. The images can be fairly dramatic and are always colorful. Sometimes they include palm trees or other plants.

Bahk Seon Ghi: Point of View

CMay Gallery

January 23 through February 20, 2015

Seoul-based artist Bahk Seon Ghi made a series of "crisply sculpted" geometric objects, that kind of look familiar but aren't identifiable.

SuttonBeresCuller: Chasing that Neon Rainbow

GUSFORD | los angeles

January 9 through February 21, 2015

Seattle-based collective SuttonBeresCuller make absurd versions of commercial signs, sometimes cast in bronze. For this show, they made hanging neon sculptures that transform "beacons of consumerism into empty signifiers."

Liz Magic Laser: The Thought Leader | Anna Sew Hoy: FACE NO FACE

Various Small Fires

January 10 through February 21, 2015

For her new video, The Thought Leader, Liz Magic Laser enlisted a 10-year-old named Alex Ammerman to deliver a monologue inspired by Dostoevsky in the style of a Ted Talk. The show also includes another video, sculptures and sound that explore oratory arts and power dynamics. At the same time, sculptor Anna Sew Hoy’s idiosyncratic, monster-like ceramic forms will be on view in the project space and back courtyard.

Speed Space

Tif Sigfrids

January 10 through February 21, 2015

Independent curator Alexandra Gaty, who worked on a fantastic series of exhibitions at Public Fiction last year, organized this show of L.A. artists. The press release is a series of weird news clips, like this one from The Independent: "No Apple a day for Steve Jobs’ children - who were not even allowed iPads."

Monique Prieto: Hat Dance

LAM Gallery

January 10 through February 21, 2015

After dipping below the raider for a few years, Monique Prieto is showing new paintings that include marks reminiscent of graffiti. She titled this body of work after a dance banned in Mexico, meant to represent the "advances, retreats, false starts and heady promises of courtship."

Image Search

Hannah Hoffman Gallery

January 10 through February 28, 2015

In an image-heavy world, where Internet image searches are things people do, what makes a painter compelling and significant? That's the question this show asks and seeks to answer by pulling together work by six generations of artists. It starts with the unforgettable Frances Picabia, who was born in Paris in 1879, and continues through to Raphaela Simon, born in Villingen, Germany in 1986.

Bas Jan Ader: Drifting Home

Meliksetian | Briggs

January 10 through February 28, 2015

Bas Jan Ader, the conceptual and video artist who left Holland for California in the early 1960s, is still best known for disappearing as he tried to cross the Atlantic on his own. But in the years preceding that fateful trip, Ader did a series of photographic works set inside and outside his Claremont, CA house. In one, which Meliksetian | Briggs will show, he sits smoking a cigar on his roof.

Deep River, Rochele Gomez, Eamon Ore-Giron, Slanguage and Timo Fahler

LAXART

January 10 through February 28, 2015

LAXART has a new space in Hollywood and it's been hosting different artist's projects there, to start to figure out how the space can work. When it opens to the public, projects by the collective Slanguage and painter-sculptor Timo Fahler will be among the work on view.

Harm van den Dorpel: Loomer | Andrew Ananda Voogel: Black Water

Young Projects

January 23 through March 3, 2015

The gallery text for Harm van den Dorpel's exhibition begins: "Images. So many images. The deluge of images. A revolution of images. Do we know what to do with them?" Van den Dorpel is incorporating them into the collages, websites and videos he's showing, but it sounds like he's still figuring out what to do with all the images too. In the project space, Andrew Ananda Voogel is projecting nearly black images onto black walls.

Liz Craft: The Secret Lives of Spiders

Jenny's

January 23 through March 7, 2015

Lips are all over the invitation for Liz Craft's first show at alt-space Jenny's, which might be telling, seeing as Craft just installed a series of sculpted lips with speech bubbles drawn on the walls beside them in a group show at Various Small Fires.

Vittorio Brodmann: No Time to Explain

Freedman Fitzpatrick

January 25 through March 7, 2015

A painter from Switzerland who references cartoons and television in his work, always chooses slightly comic, apologetic titles for his show. A previous exhibition, in Zurich, was called "An Honest Mistake." The artist has also tried stand-up and has exhibited videos of his own comedy alongside his paintings.

Bernie Taupin: Somnambulistica

KM Fine Arts

January 24 through March 14, 2015

Bernie Taupin has been painting since the 1970s, mostly abstractly; he also wrote songs with people like Elton John, though there's supposedly not much of a relationship between his songwriting and art. The paintings in his new series "hint at narrative but are loaded with dynamism."

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.

Renée Green: Begin Again, Begin Again

Schindler House (1921-22)

January 22 through March 29, 2015

Artist Renee Green is treating Rudolf Schindler's King's Road house as an “evocative object,” and she's installing new and slightly older work in and around the house. The film she shot in Albert Einstein's summer house, Climates and Paradoxes, will be on view.

Thomas Demand

Matthew Marks Gallery

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.

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