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Austin Irving Finds Entrancing Labyrinths

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Austin Irving sees meanings where none exist. The artist carves out existential purposes out of unassuming architectural labyrinths. Documented on large format 4 by 5 films and blown up uniformly to 48 inches in width for display, the captured mazes are enthrallingly painterly. The skewed perspective is unreservedly gorgeous. In the show titled Not an Exit at Wilding Cran Gallery, …

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James Boulton Crossing Point of No Return

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To say that one has crossed the point of no return suggests that a pendulum may swing all the way to the other end of the spectrum. Often times, there is no turning back and the situation usually turns for the worst, like Anakin Skywalker stepping over to the dark side for his eventual transformation into Darth Vader. “Command Z” …

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Happy Together with Neil Raitt

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As you enter the gallery, you are immediately greeted by a wall of graduating chromatic chains, formed by a repetitive pattern from seemingly a familiar logo. Ah yes, Kappa? Casually scanning the image but not letting yourself be fully immersed, you enter the main space. The unmistakably distinct and incredible odor of oil paint swiftly attacks your nose; it’s a …

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Merion Estes Envisions Dystopia and Beyond

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A dark rainbow maelstrom of butterflies, an alien invasion beaming down on earth, cosmic elephantine showers, and dragons wreaking havoc, dribbling bloods of colors. These captivating narratives painted by Merion Estes at CB1 Gallery collectively evoke a sense of an impending doom. Titled Dystopia, a long-term Los Angeles resident’s first solo appearance in this Santa Fe space looks past the …

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Bernard Pifferatti Dabbling in Doubles

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Immediately, Andy’s Double Elvis came to mind; Jackie, too. His interest in moving pictures also paralleled the title of Bernard Piffaretti’s painting show, Moving Pictures, which recently concluded at Cherry and Martin in Culver City. The duplicity in Warhol’s silkscreened celebrity images were hard to shake off while contemplating on judiciously edited, loosely geometric forms on Piffaretti’s canvases. Separated by …

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Rosamund Felsen Delivers with Kim MacConnel

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Traveling east from Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles, Rosamund Felsen’s new space in the industrial and truck noise-filled Santa Fe neighborhood is beautifully airy. Its much anticipated debut is marked by the bright and bold, decorative abstracted patterns created by the West Coast veteran painter Kim MacConnel. The inaugural moment is an opportunity for the legendary gallerist to once …

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Positively TARFUN Tom LaDuke

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Seeing Tom LaDuke’s debut titled Candles and Lasers at Kohn Gallery (the artist is a long time Los Angeles player. It’s his first appearance at this gallery on Highland) got me thinking. Have you ever wondered how big the Internet is? Strangely, in the realm where the livelihood of everything and everyone is the beast that is the quantifiable, qualifiable …

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World According to Mernet Lersen

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Mernet Lersen’s West Coast debut appeared to have been very positively received here in Los Angeles (sorry, the show at VSF had come down a few weeks ago; hopefully we’ll see more of her works in the near future). This 75-year-young Florida artist brought the otherworldly perspective to the scenes depicted from the ordinary, monotonous life. Built by highly geometric …

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Something for Everyone at Paris Photo LA

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An art fair on a movie studio lot? Why not. The premise of Paris Photo’s satellite edition is quintessentially SoCal. Where else but here in Los Angeles can visitors simultaneously roam around the streets of New York, bask in the endless blue sky and sunshine, line up for gourmet food trucks, and order a six-dollar nitrogen-cooled Stumptown coffee, all the …

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Exodus of David Jien

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If David Jien’s solo appearance at Richard Heller Gallery, at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is to live up to its title Exodus, it should be about the departure and growth of the artist from his previous self. And that’s exactly what Jien has given us. Divided into two sections, the front room features his signature, technically masterful, narrative intensive …