Los Angeles

Chris Lipomi

Daniel Hug Gallery

In his recent head-spinning exhibition at Daniel Hug Gallery, Chris Lipomi blanketed the walls, floor, and ceiling with work to create a fusion of floral shop, tribal arts museum, flea market, and “tropical” prop room—all stand-ins for the contemporary art gallery. Even the show’s nonsensical, Jabberwocky-like title, “Makawana Omawaki,” seemed to connote plenitude and exoticism. Incorporating a diverse array of sculptures, assemblages, and readymades, as well as paintings on canvas, walls, and mirrors, the show was the result of exactly one year’s worth of work, a period that concluded with a casual performance in which a final work—a ziggurat-like stack of modular PVC table legs titled Skulptur 4, 2006—was completed and installed with the help of the audience at the show’s opening reception. Lipomi claims that the entire show was performance-based, and while this is hardly a new approach—one

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