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Hirsch Perlman

Blum & Poe | Los Angeles

Hirsch Perlman’s black-and-white shots of crude, robotlike figures fashioned from cardboard and propped and piled in an empty bedroom debuted at this gallery in 2001. His second Los Angeles show follows up with four new groups of prints, also black-and-white: doubt-laced attempts to construct something enduring, substantial, meaningful, and grand from the humble and ephemeral materials and fleeting acts of humdrum existence.

For three related series known as “My Reproof,” “Sketches,” and “Apparatum Armorum Ineptum,” Perlman layers more unsure narcissism onto the Pygmalion/Frankenstein impulse of the prior work, creating a mythic and mundane world of friends, phantoms, props, and tools, as well as a kind of possible self. Working at night in an open-air rooftop studio and using long exposures, Perlman “draws” freehand with a penlight, etching figurative white doodles into the photographic

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