Notes on Looking
Hello my friends,
This promises to be a rich and rewarding weekend. Once again the artists of Los Angeles have pulled out all the stops for us. You should take advantage of this generosity. Yes, this means driving from one end of town to another and then north and south, too. Get ready to go.
First off: Tom Allen “Summerlands” is opening at Richard Telles Fine Art on Saturday, Oct 30 from 5 to 7 PM. (Link to Allen’s own site here.) I know from experience that Telles has shows installed by Thursday afternoon so I suggest you visit on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to spend time alone with Tom’s paintings then return for the reception to congratulate the artist. In Telles’s Martel space (around the corner from his 7380 Beverly Blvd home) are Lecia Dole-Recio, Lisa Lapinski and Caroline Thomas in a group show. Richard Telles 7380 Beverly Blvd, 90036 (I promise you images soon.)
This is the final weekend for Ruben Ochoa “Grounded” and Yunhee Min “Attraction” at Susanne Vielmetter, 6006 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232. I understand Ochoa also has a large sculpture in the The Artist’s Museum opening at both MOCA spaces on Sunday Oct 31.
Min’s past work has included large-scale installations and canvases that to me unified (and also challenged) the Modernist practices of painting and architecture. These new paintings make me think of angular and prismatic Baroque or Rococo spaces – rather as though untrammled happy energy is bound up by the colored frames she’s used. “Attraction” as a body of work successfully extends and exceeds her previous paintings and is a tantalizing view of what may be next.
Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects 6006 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232 (Next up at Vielmetter will be Edgar Arceneaux)
Larry Mullins “New Baggage” at Blythe Projects, 5797 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232.
Artist Noah Davis has curated “Gray Day” for Roberts and Tilton.
Erik Parker “Endless Anytime” opens at Honor Fraser on Saturday, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd, Culver City, 90034
Since you’ll be right there at Francois Ghebaly Gallery Marius Bercea “Qui Vivra Vera” is closing on Saturday. (Upcoming at Ghebaly is Candice Lin “Holograms” on Nov 6)
Also nearby at Kinkead, Lester Monzon “To Press Upon or Against” closes Saturday. Looks like John Kinkead and Whitney Carter are taking the holidays off. In January Heather Cantrell will begin 2011 by showing us photographs. Yay!
Moving farther west, Christopher Russell’s show “Runaway” is at Luis de Jesus right now. It would be a good idea for you to see this exhibition. When I visited at the opening I became afraid to write about “Runaways.” (This happens with artists whose work I love.) With his powerful images – what first attracted me to Christopher’s work – Russell poses questions to which I may not want answers. And when I do (secretly, in the back of my head) envision the responses yet more questions present themselves. This work is very dark. Some of if may comes across as obsessive and neurotic: death, sex, kidnapping, abandonment and fury. These fixations express themselves in his artistic processes. Consider the hellishly repetitive motions it must take to scratch away all that image from the photos, his use and reuse of William Morris-inspired patterning on wallpaper, the essential repetitive nature of photography, his ongoing publications of murderous and scatological stories – is the driving force abasement or intelligence?
Close at hand you’ll find “Steve Hurd: Five Fictions” and “Amir Nikravan: Thresholds” at Rosamund Felsen. David Pagel in the LA Times writes approvingly of Hurd’s exhibition. Several friends whose advice I’ve gotten used to taking have recommended Nikravan’s show to me. (Since I’m out of town two weekends in a row if I have to race from downtown to Santa Monica after work one day I shall, indeed I shall.)
All of the above at various locations in Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica 90404. Ok, Luis de Jesus is Unit F2, Rosamund Felsen is at B4. Go soon.
Chinatown. Finissage for Greene Park Gallery and the exhibition “Charnel House Scraps” at Kunsthalle. Greene Park Gallery is more a presence that inhabits many spaces than a bricks and mortar gallery. It roves. I imagine that if you email Rob Greene or Caroline Park at [email protected] they’ll share the next destination with you.
Just across Chung King Road Pepin Moore opens on Saturday with Justin Cole “Historical Impulse.” PM not yet having any Cole images on their site I’m encouraged to visit Justin Cole’s own site. And I’m glad I Googled. Wow, is Cole good!
Trundle north a way to Charlie James Gallery. If you see a lovely, willowy woman manning the gallery don’t be confused. Emma Gray has curated the show currently on view. Zoe Crosher “For Ur Eyes Only – The Unveiling of Michelle Dubois.” Aperture has Zoe Crosher pages, including info about a multiple Crosher did of the Michelle Dubois project. Totally sold out, btw. Apeture 198, Spring 2010 is available and contains the essay Femme Fatale: Zoe Crosher’s Reconsidered Archive of Michelle Dubois by Jan Tumlir.
Human Resources “Crying Over Spilled Milk” performance organized by Paul Pescador and including Alexis Disselkoen, Brian Getnick and Pescador himself.
Even farther north, at the Armory in Pasadena Steve Roden will perform sound works at his exhibition “In Between: A Twenty Year Survey.” You’re gonna have to wrestle with your conscience about which of these to attend.
I leave you with pictures of “100% Natural” at Elephant. 3325 Division St, LA, 90065
Check out earlier posts for additional information on Christopher Russell, Nicholas Grider and other fascinating instances of excellence in our world. Cheers.