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Bobbi Woods, COMA (You look like you’ve seen a ghost.), 2011, enamel on poster, 41 x 27".

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Bobbi Woods, COMA (You look like you’ve seen a ghost.), 2011, enamel on poster, 41 x 27".

One often hears the work of Bobbi Woods referred to as “very LA,” for the majority of her work incorporates movie posters, culled from online vendors and Hollywood memorabilia shops, whose images and language the artist selectively masks with spray enamel. The slick surfaces that remain, we are told, are akin to the finish fetish of cars, surfboards, and postwar LA sculpture. In previous series of such “paintings,” as the artist calls them, Woods has strategically applied black polyhedral shapes, which she likens to the folds of a swaying curtain. In more recent work, she paints over the image in a chosen monochrome, leaving enigmatic fragments visible: an ominous tooth-baring smile, a disembodied platform shoe, or a suggestive word such as secrets, exposed, or waiting. In her “COMA” series, 2010–, the centerpiece of her new show, seven posters for the eponymous 1978 sci-fi thriller

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