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View of “Body by Body/Odilon Redon,” 2014. Foreground: Body by Body and Odilon Redon, Doghouse I, 2014. Background: Body by Body, Psycho Tango Gum Happy Life Sun Live Electricity Bubble, 2014.

Body by Body/Odilon Redon

Château Shatto

View of “Body by Body/Odilon Redon,” 2014. Foreground: Body by Body and Odilon Redon, Doghouse I, 2014. Background: Body by Body, Psycho Tango Gum Happy Life Sun Live Electricity Bubble, 2014.

Without a hiccup, the Los Angeles–based entity Body by Body—artists Melissa Sachs and Cameron Soren, whose joint efforts constitute a single practice—digested Chateau Shatto’s curatorial imposition of four black-and-white lithographs by French Symbolist Odilon Redon. If this pairing seemed capricious, it also happened to reflect, amid the infinite, Tumblr-like scroll of the duo’s research, Body by Body’s prior interest in Redon. For all its glutted culture-jamming, the exhibition “Education Pig” conformed to a beaux-arts structure of sorts, with floor and wall works arrayed beneath a frieze. Indeed, while the show’s aggregated cast of characters—goofy animals, aliens, and monsters jostling with mansions, dishes, and smart cars—mirrored the searched, cut, and, pasted collages of the Web, Body by Body’s practice is as much sketchbook as Internet-based; the

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