• Michael Kelley

    Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

    Like most of his previous performances, Michael Kelley’s Reflections on a Can of Vernors draws its images from history and geography, and has at its core a central image that forms its title and is echoed in its props. It is a good deal longer than the works that preceded it, and there is a lot more talking; it is, to quote Kelley from the performance, “afflicted with the sin of oratory.” That the piece is long and long-winded is not surprising. His most ambitious work to date, Reflections . . . is Kelley’s history of America.

    In spite of the performance’s expanded text, its ostensibly familiar

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  • Oyvind Fahlstrom

    Stella Polaris Gallery

    When the Swedish artist Oyvind Fahlstrom died of cancer in 1976, at the age of 48, he left many paintings and drawings and a few large-scale three-dimensional installations. His most ambitious effort in the latter genre was Meatball Curtain: Homage to R. Crumb, realized in 1969 for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s controversial and well-remembered “Art and Technology” show. High spirits and high ideals collided in a recent revival of the piece.

    There is little advanced technology involved in these large freestanding painted metal-and-plastic figures, who owe their shapes and existence, if

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