Los Angeles

Neil Beloufa

François Ghebaly

Neil Beloufa seems fascinated by the sympathetic vibrations between opposing forces, and his recent solo exhibition at François Ghebaly Gallery (formerly Chung King Project) demonstrated his precise ability to let dichotomies collide. Only twenty-five years old, the French artist has already produced a small but compelling body of work that includes sculpture, video, installation, and conceptual photography, all of which were on view in “Tectonic Plates or the Jurisdiction of Shapes.” As the title suggests, this show—with some pieces adapted or repurposed from earlier sculptures and installations for a “site-specific” exhibition in seismically active Los Angeles—lingered on the shaky common ground between reality and fiction, cause and effect, presence and absence, and surface versus framework.

Entering the darkened gallery, one first encountered Tectonic L.A., 2009, two stout plywood-and-Plexiglas

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