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Sandeep Mukherjee Just Is

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At newly opened Chimento Contemporary, Sandeep Mukherjee’s panoramic paintings just are. Spanning across the two jointed walls, these ten paintings, collectively titled as Mutual Entanglements, quietly float in the space, seemingly hovering over the white floor. The sight offers neither an excitement nor a disappointment. It just is. As a result, a meditative engagement transpires. Olive green and varying evening …

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Beautiful Is Los Angeles

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Given the current turbulent cultural and political climates, a title like America the Beautiful, describing the fresh body of paintings by Lisa Adams at CB1 Gallery, is at the least bold if not doggedly contentious. Thankfully, the paintings are neither a rally to uphold narrowly defined American values based on exclusivity nor a patronizing sarcasm that does not add to …

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Four Acts in a Lounge

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The irony is immediately evident as you enter Kent Anderson Butler’s Sacred Encounters. Housed in the backroom of Coagula Curatorial in Chinatown, the supposed video lounge is, at best, your local dive bar — except in this case, instead of cheap beers with too much foam and not enough flavor, you get a few couches and multiples of the artist …

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Saving Screen

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Walking into Casey Reas’ Linear Perspective at Charlie James Gallery is like stepping into a time machine and traveling back to the not-so-distant past, when Windows 95 screensaver played endlessly on virtually all personal computers while certain Japanese arcade video games spoke broken English. Eight moving images, rendered in realtime by codes and algorithms developed by Reas, are both a …

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Exciting Ceramics

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The excitement of seeing ceramic works by four artists at Cherry and Martin’s project space, 2732, is similar to discovering new species at a botanical garden. Spinning clays from its 30,000 year old tradition, Katy Cowan, Takuro Kuwata, William O’Brien, and Adam Silverman slap together possibilities to suggest new visual vocabularies. Kuwata’s blown (using Japanese firing technique called Ishihaze, meaning …