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Jorge Pardo

Gagosian | Beverly Hills

Bulgogi,” as Jorge Pardo’s latest outing at Gagosian was cryptically titled, denotes a classic Korean dish of marinated barbecued meat. The name related most obviously to the show’s centerpiece, Untitled (Drawing Room) (all works 2010), an enclosed pagoda-like structure made of wood—a form by now as familiar to Pardo’s viewers as his signature lamps—that had been erected in the center of the gallery. As expected, the work’s interior was furnished with new lamps, here tightly clustered to form a chandelier with undulating contours echoed by the shape of the pagoda itself, giving visitors the uncanny impression that they had come to look at lamps inside a lantern that itself was lit by gallery lighting. The conceit recalls Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, in which characters observe various models of the maze they inhabit—the aptly named Overlook Hotel—suggesting that the film is itself a

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