Los Angeles

Charles Garabedian

L.A. Louver

The old adage that art offers the viewer a glimpse inside the artist’s head isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Often, a tour of an artist’s psyche feels like sitting in on a stranger’s therapy session or listening to a cocktail-party acquaintance recount last night’s dream—boring, even embarrassing. But when Charles Garabedian opens the door to his mind, it is an entirely different experience. In his first Los Angeles show since 1996, Garabedian’s twenty-three works on paper and canvas inspired not so much thoughts of escape as fears that the gallery might close too soon.

Many of Garabedian’s new works involve his trademark idiosyncratic mingling of figuration, abstraction, landscape, symbolism, dream imagery, history and mythology, and comedy and tragedy. Butterflies, 1999, depicts two fragmented male nudes with brushlike fingers; one pushes his hand into the chest of the other in an ambiguous

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