David Muenzer

Joe Goode

Joe Goode on his life and work in Los Angeles

April 2017

Joe Goode’s deadpan images of milk bottles, suburban homes, open skies, forest fires, water, and smog are included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Menil Collection… READ ON

500 WORDS

“Ma”

Château Shatto

January 2017

A faceted crystal paperweight with engraved letters spelling out the dates and title of this exhibition sits atop a stack of pink, marbleized stationery. Arp-like but ultimately practical marks—part of a printed map of the gallery—are visible… READ ON

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Paul Sietsema

Matthew Marks Gallery | 1062 N Orange Grove

October 2016

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” asks the New York Times job listing in Paul Sietsema’s ink-and-enamel drawing Vertical newspaper (thin green line), 2016, with some letters obscured by an unctuous mark. That white enamel is materially… READ ON

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“In the Cut”

Gallery Luisotti

September 2016

“In the Cut” presents photographs by five artists that assume a documentary interest despite the liquidated descriptive powers of photography today. Take Lisa Ohlweiler’s seemingly factual photographs, for instance: Untitled, 2010, pictures… READ ON

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Sam Gilliam

David Kordansky Gallery

June 2016

Are Sam Gilliam’s paintings improvisations, meticulously structured formalism, ethereal attempts at going beyond substance, social objects inextricably embedded in political struggles, or all of the above? The works in his current show, … READ ON

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“The Ocular Bowl”

Kayne Griffin Corcoran

April 2016

“When you’re ready, you can open your eyes.” Guided meditations suspend vision in the name of presence, only bringing back sight to close each session. Phenomenological strains of modern painting, by contrast, offer vision as the primary … READ ON

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Ed Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz

L.A. Louver

March 2016

For the exhibition “Kienholz Televisions,” the gallery’s walls have been painted gray—an appropriate midpoint between black box and white cube, which allows an array of assemblage boob tubes to set the scene. Collaborative works by Nancy … READ ON

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Julien Ceccaldi

Jenny's

January 2016

The titular characters of Julien Ceccaldi’s exhibition “King and Slave” touch, glance, mutate, and recoil across seven paintings and drawings that use the grammar of manga to hyperbolically depict desire and disgust, confidence and shame—often… READ ON

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Claudio Verna

Marc Selwyn Fine Art

December 2015

The saturated, nominally abstract paintings in Claudio Verna’s solo debut at this gallery span forty-five years. Their titles seem redundantly straightforward, as with the near-monochromes named for their format and color in Double Acrylic … READ ON

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“Open House”

Todd Madigan Gallery at CSU Bakersfield

October 2015

While “sex sells” may be a marketing truism, presenting products with gradient backgrounds, retouched hands, and well-made beds often seems clinically tidy—an outright denial of psychology more than repression. “Open House,” a group exhibition… READ ON

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