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Artist Project: Lauren Mackler and Josh Peters – La Californie

Public Fiction is hosting an intimate survey of Los Angeles art. The exhibit is titled ‘La Californie’ and focuses on current, might we even say ascendant, artists here in our fair city. ‘La Californie’ was the name of the villa in the South of France which Picasso moved into in the 1950s, using its art deco living room as his studio. Here the name is used to lend foreignness and exoticism to this foreign and exotic state which has called these artists from all over the country. For the first time ever, the wonderful sumi ink drawings of Steve Canaday, pulled from diary-like notebooks made every month since 2008, will be shown. The other painters will show paintings;¬† Annie Lapin, Rebecca Morris, and Fritz Chesnut will have slathered, stroked, and stained (respectively) canvases on view. Inspired by the communal (and Dionysian) spirit of California, Adam Janes and his friends Justin Miller and Brandon Engstrom¬† have created a still that distills moonshine, Michael Dee has created a video that taps into the eternal west-coast quest for golden psychedelic sounds and Davida Nemeroff has created an installation of large scale photographic prints and mirrors. THE GOLD RUSH / MANIFEST DESTINY. The materials may change but the ambition remains the same: substitute gold for citrus, celebrity, space, light, and freedom. “A strong sense of duty imprisons...