Los Angeles

Steven Bankhead

Circus Gallery

“Battery” (2008), Steven Bankhead’s last exhibition at Circus Gallery, comprised a series of medium-size charcoal renderings of collaged material that the artist had culled from billboards, posters, flyers, stickers, T-shirts, graffiti, and other ephemera. Much of the imagery was lifted from the rock milieu and testified to rock’s ongoing recycling of a lexicon of mythical symbols originating in avant-garde art (as described by cultural critics such as Stewart Home and Greil Marcus). A sense of historical unfolding was suggested in the emphatic numbering of the drawings on view: twenty-four in all, arranged into four groups of six, each work bearing its date of production as title (Sept. 18, Sept. 19, Sept. 20 . . . ). Winding chronologically around the gallery space, these drawings closed the circle of eternal recurrence while also opening out of it at every juncture. In the missing dates

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