los-angeles

“Bastards of Modernity”

Angles Gallery

Certain of little except the uncertainty of just about everything, the eight Los Angeles artists brought together by curator Michelle Guy employed a variety of materials common to any house (Formica, bits of cloth, staples, television monitors, gaffer’s tape, Styrofoam) or the most banal materials of painting (oils, acrylics, enamel, canvas) to depict the abstract potentiality of daily life. What linked the artists was a basic fascination with the nonce architectonics of the discarded, unacknowledged, illegitimate stuff that is often already at home. The strength of the show resided in the artists’ ability to confront the strangeness of the quotidian in a manner as elegant as it was quietly perverse. They explore the faultlines of their Modernist predecessors, knowing, as Philip Larkin did, that “They fuck you up, your mum and dad. / They may not mean to, but they do. / They fill you with

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