Los Angeles

“Snapshot”

Hammer Museum

In the slim catalogue to this latest overview of “New Art from Los Angeles,” all twenty-five participants are said to be either “investigating” or “exploring” something. First up, Mark Bradford is “investigating the mixed, contradictory and hybrid space of the popular.” Next comes Edgar Bryan, who “has taken his investigation of this traditional medium [i.e., painting] to an unusual depth.” Tessa Chasteen, meanwhile, is herself proposed as the object of inquiry with “drawings [that] reflect the role that drawing plays in self-discovery.” With Lecia Dole-Recio we are back to investigation, pure and simple, of the “space between two and three dimensions.” Thomas Eggerer, Deb Lacusta, Bea Sclhgelhoff, Alex Slade, and Eric Wesley are all explorers. Linda Kim, Won Ju Lim, and Kori Newkirk are, again, investigators. Christie Frields seems to gain something of an advantage over her peers by both

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