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Mark Flores, See This Through, 2009–10, ninety-nine oil-on-canvas panels and one pastel-on-paper drawing, dimensions variable.

Mark Flores

Hammer Museum

Mark Flores, See This Through, 2009–10, ninety-nine oil-on-canvas panels and one pastel-on-paper drawing, dimensions variable.

The first things one sees upon entering the Hammer Museum are the ramp leading up to the atrium, and, for the past ten years, just beyond its sleek metal balustrade, the latest temporary site-specific lobby work commissioned by the museum. Since late October, visitors have been confronted by a mural of sorts—a sprawling collection of canvases, big and small, rendered in a variety of styles ranging from Academic Realism to Expressionism to Pop to post-painterly abstraction—by LA-based artist Mark Flores titled See This Through, 2009–10. Some of the work’s ninety-nine paintings are clustered, in places overlapping, and at close range they suggest pattern and decoration. But from afar, when their individual surfaces are viewed all together at once, various motifs nevertheless become visible: stairwells and elevators, entrances and exits, and surveillance cameras—all

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