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“Mongrel”

Sixteen:One

The word mongrel denotes inbreeding and other unholy matrimonies: A mongrel is less lovable pet, more unstable experiment. So the self-deprecating title of this playful exhibition surely refers to the potentially unruly hybrid practice of each Los Angeles–based artist in the show—Kathryn Andrews, Chris Lipomi, Donald Morgan, and Stephanie Taylor—as much as it refers to the unexpected ways in which their distinct individual contributions aggregate. While the common denominator for these artists is sculptural or otherwise object-based work, their practices extend to embrace, among other things, found photographs, rented neon signs, sound, and printmaking.

That Andrews organized the show and included three of her own works might suggest an ethical breach of Doctor Moreau–like proportions. Mongrel-like, she seems to force the issue by calling the role of the curator into question: At what point

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