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Jason Meadows

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Considering that Paris Hilton, Richard Pryor, and porn star Nikki Nova have all played the role of subject for Jason Meadows in the past decade, and that the Los Angeles–based artist’s last exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery was titled after a Captain Beefheart album, the cultural references in his fourth solo outing there seemed almost quaint. The leitmotifs of “Frame Narrative” were two classics of that literary device in which one story contains or structures another, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Frankenstein. Lewis Carroll and Mary Shelley, like Meadows, consider the marvel—and peril—of turning nothing into something. The artist’s use of their nested tales both as a thematic point of departure and as an allegory for his own practice made for a diverting show. That he went even further, engaging the nine works on view in a sculptural exploration of what is often taken to be

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