los-angeles

Raymond Pettibon

Regen Projects

Encircled by an inky Stonehenge of noses hangs one of the most seemingly innocuous drawings in Raymond Pettibon’s amazing new show: a title page torn from a book, stamped “Withdrawn from the Los Angeles County Public Library” in red ink. The book, The Magic Lantern of Marcel Proust, is a sadly long-out-of-print volume by Howard Moss. Near its close Moss wrote, “Explaining everything, Proust creates a universe that does not exclude the inexplicable.” I’m tempted to rewrite Moss’s sentence: Including everything, Pettibon creates a universe that does not exclude the unincludable.

A buoy afloat the enthralling graphic cataract of materials flooding the gallery, the little appropriated page provides as helpful a key as any to surfing the tidal wave of work. (The mixed metaphor and destabilized progression of that sentence is a shabby attempt to imitate the quick visual/verbal and intellectual

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