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Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

She's a Confection  
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davide balula, Neil Beloufa, Andrew Berardini, Isabelle Cornaro, Nikki Darling, Travis Diehl, Eve Fowler, Nicolas Garait, Rita Gonzalez, Camille Henrot, Brian Kennon, Hedi El Kholti, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Jonathan Lethem, Joseph Mosconi, Aude Pariset, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Bernard Piffaretti, Tif Sigfrids, Ivette Soler, Charlie White at Public Fiction March 1st, 2013 - June 15th, 2013
Posted 6/10/13

Though a non-descript, signless space, bricked and fortified with bars, she looks soft inside, the toughness dropping away. Opened now­—wide by hand—she's entered into with cautionary eagerness. Inside her arrangement appears fixed as if one mussed her carefully constructed visage it would be righted magically to how it began.   Her bare walls provide room for thoughts to bounce toward and from which to peel away. These thoughts lap down upon desks, huddled together, which rest waiting for a ne... [more]

20130115093834-z Raspberried   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jordan Wolfson at REDCAT December 2nd, 2012 - January 27th, 2013
Posted 1/15/13

I could watch Jordan Wolfson’s Raspberry Poser for hours and hours, which is to say far longer than downtown parking affords. Having the large-scale projection all to yourself in the middle of the day, splayed out or dancing on wall-to-wall white carpeting is a pretty sweet, cozy thing. The third in the artist’s new (and suddenly signature) series of hybrid CGI, hand-drawn animation, and live footage videos (following Con Leche, 2009, and Animation, Masks, 2012), Raspberry Poser is the first to... [more]

20120714163953-20120714130707-installation__scottolson Against Spectacle  
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Scott Olson at Overduin & Co. May 27th, 2012 - August 4th, 2012
Posted 7/14/12

Heather Brown at Carter and Citizen & Scott Olson at Overduin and Kite Preamble: It has been true for years, I am way over spectacle. Maybe you’re like me. I thought a lot of people felt this way but clearly not enough do because 2012 still looks a lot like 2007. Celebrity continues to be watered down. Like warm piss in the toilet bowl, it holds charm no more. The otherwise charming word Franco has come to signal the knee-buckling weakness formerly serious institutions have acquired for dull gl... [more]

20120714131822-big_pink_begonias Parallel & Simultaneous: Ozzle’s Summer Harvest  
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Posted 7/14/12

Lynn Ozzle shuttered his studio. It was time. He would explode otherwise. The canvas and linen have been rolled up. The table saw unplugged and lumber stacked in a corner. The tubes of oil paint closed and spirits capped. The palette wiped clean. Nothing may ever be painted there again. He has gone outdoors, to turn some very special soil and plant some very special seeds. Ozzle had been preparing for this for two decades. It all started with this recurring lucid dream in which he was Gregor Mende... [more]

20120717181317-designforliving-brown Against Spectacle   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Heather Brown at Carter & Citizen June 30th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012
Posted 7/14/12

Heather Brown at Carter and Citizen & Scott Olson at Overduin and Kite Preamble: It has been true for years, I am way over spectacle. Maybe you’re like me. I thought a lot of people felt this way but clearly not enough do because 2012 still looks a lot like 2007. Celebrity continues to be watered down. Like warm piss in the toilet bowl, it holds charm no more. The otherwise charming word Franco has come to signal the knee-buckling weakness formerly serious institutions have acquired for dull gl... [more]

20120522071450-black-hands Vaseline on the Lens   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Robert Overby at Marc Selwyn Fine Art April 28th, 2012 - June 16th, 2012
Posted 5/22/12

Having established himself in LA during the sixties as a highly successful and award-winning graphic designer with credits for huge companies like IBM, CBS, Boeing, and MGM (as well as LACMA), it wasn’t until 1969, in his mid-thirties, that Robert Overby switched gears away from advertising and decided to become an artist. When the switch happened it happened fast and opened a floodgate of parallel outpourings. The trigger was actually a job for CBS in which Overby was hired as an art-buyer. He immer... [more]

20120307123358-kelly0012983 Fulsome, Familiar, And As Ever, Brazen   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Ellsworth Kelly at Matthew Marks Gallery, North Orange Grove January 20th, 2012 - April 7th, 2012
Posted 2/28/12

What would it be like to see an Ellsworth Kelly, any Ellsworth Kelly abstraction for the first time? I try to imagine…mostly muteness, blankness, brightness, largeness. I try but it’s hard to know. Maybe I mean it’s hard to remember back to the first encounter because there is so much familiarity built into viewing Kelly’s work. In fact, familiarity and its shades of offness have often seemed to me to be employed as a complex force and mined as a hotspot of thinking in his shapes—part of his geni... [more]

20120103081101-game-of-thrones-title Almost Exactly Five Things from 2011   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/3/12

5: Game of Thrones Game of Thrones is the best new series on television, of this past year or the prior. I desperately long to travel the seven kingdoms of Westeros, traverse Winterfell cloaked in furs, peer from the monstrous heights of the Wall into the whiteness of winter coming, ride a Dothraki stallion, punch a midget Lanister in the face, and hatch my own dragon eggs. And I don’t even like magical medieval fantasy epics. I can finally stop pretending to really be really into Lord of the Rings... [more]

20111005123850-headermain Summary of Exhibition Checklist   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Roland Reiss at Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) September 18th, 2011 - January 8th, 2012
Posted 12/6/11

Summary of Exhibition Checklist of “Roland Reiss: Personal Politics: Sculpture from the 1970s and 1980s”: Twenty-five dioramas, each generally a couple feet square, raised individually on pedestals to easy viewing height. One actual-size 1970s-era American living room diorama of over three hundred discrete and detailed particleboard objects (unpainted, monochrome sculptures), ranging from a full-scale sofa, coffee table, lamp, television, bar with stools, and bookshelf with books to a pack of ciga... [more]

20111102165015-cover-mutual-plans Parallel & Past: Crestwood Hills   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/2/11

On the occasion of LACMA’s California Design show, I’d like to pass on to you the story of one of the most ambitious and utopian efforts to holistically implement the progressive worldview of mid-century California modern design on a communal level. It is the story of the Mutual Housing Association and the Crestwood Hills neighborhood perched high above Sunset in the Brentwood hills, a few minutes west of UCLA and the Getty. Having visited the site and toured one of the meticulously, lovingly, and exqu... [more]

20110904013822-shulman_0 Space Age Trigger   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art October 1st, 2011 - June 3rd, 2012
Posted 11/2/11

Some of us (all of us) in Los Angeles who take deep, sometimes guilty, pleasure in the domestic sphere of the material world, have looked forward to LACMA’s main Pacific Standard Time exhibition with real excitement. In a way, and for whatever reasons still not entirely clear to me, my anticipation was vaguely more urgent (i.e. rooted in desire, internal) than usual, while also being less externally contrived, less informed by my own professional considerations and duties. It is strange how sepa... [more]

20110906101842-dangraham Parallel & Simultaneous: Death Defier Comics Enters Middle Age   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/6/11

The latest issue of Death Defier Comics summarizes its thirty-year history as an outlandish, outsider, outlier, outspoken, genre-bending comic. Full disclosure: We contributed the preface to the issue. When asked, we were initially excited, having been fans of the comic since we first learned about it however many decades ago. Excitement fermented into bewilderment when we realized that the task of summarizing such a wide-ranging chameleon of a publication would... [more]

20110906095738-smashing-canvas A Preview of a Dozen Openings this Coming Week   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/6/11

Eric Wesley at China Art Objects: New work by Eric Wesley, a beloved artist’s artist around these parts, is not to be missed. A not-new quote from him tells us: “Yeah, I think I am very productive, and what is eventually realized is a small fraction of the ideas, and what is seen is a small fraction of a small fraction. I don’t pay attention to keeping a tight studio. What sucks is the same few things are shown.” With Eric Wesley’s “The Same Ol’ Frontier,” we look forward to seeing a few new t... [more]

20110726030158-taftgreen3 Perceptual Jolts and Kaleidoscopic Confusion   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Taft Green at Human Resources July 9th, 2011 - August 6th, 2011
Posted 7/26/11

Irregular polygons, disjointed trapezoids, and angular fragments of exploded Bucky balls vogue their way through Taft Green’s new sculptures and collages on paper. Geometric units get cut up and recomposed in new configurations that emphasize the perceptual jolt and kaleidoscopic confusion of offset layering and overlapping filters of erratic patterning. The triangle is the basic building section, doubled into diamonds and seen two-dimensionally as pie pieces forming unstable hexagonal wheels o... [more]

20110614014043-img_1570 Parallel & Simultaneous: Lucian Delacroix in the High Desert   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/14/11

It seems like all we’re ever thirsting for is a moment of magic. We want and love to believe that something impossible is real. It must be hard-wired genetically, an evolutionarily beneficial tendency that helps us to survive this world—optimists live longer. I don’t know about you, but I got mine last week at Lucian Delacroix’s The Way I Move Myself Around, 2011. A New Orleans native currently based in Brussels, Delacroix initially trained as a classical dancer, a star rising in the ranks of the N... [more]

20110614011846-screen_shot_2011-06-14_at_12 Talking May Only Ruin It   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Sarah Conaway, Lisa Williamson at The Box June 4th, 2011 - July 9th, 2011
Posted 6/14/11

I usually avoid qualifiers and hedging, but let me briefly say this: I know it can be done, and will be done, but at the moment it feels like a shame to have to talk about such a pleasurably complete, beautiful, tight, surprising, weird, subtle, restrained, and resistant show. Its sense of humor might be a place to start talking. The title of Lisa Williamson and Sarah Conaway’s superb collaborative exhibition, “Weird Walks Into A Room (Comma),” reads like the set up for a joke. But, instead of g... [more]

20110509142410-miller-tan Allison Miller’s Visceral Idiosyncrasy   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Allison Miller at ACME April 23rd, 2011 - May 21st, 2011
Posted 5/9/11

In trying to figure out why I feel this weird, instinctive pull towards Allison Miller’s paintings, why I like her newest exhibition of abstractions more than similar efforts by others (including those next door by Charline von Heyl, doyenne-ascendent of compellingly erratic and irregular abstraction), I ended up putting off words and turning to the act of painting itself. It opened something up, but not necessarily to words. The impulse did, however, clarify. What makes Miller’s paintings grati... [more]

20110405105513-1pands452011 Parallel & Simultaneous: The White Lodge   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/5/11

A shockingly unique apothecary teahouse opened earlier this year in Los Feliz, California. The first of its kind, The White Lodge, is inspired in its pharmacy-counter, Dewey-decimal-drawer format by traditional Chinese herbal medicine shops and Mexican hierberias (herbal folk remedy stalls). It functions as if it were a bodega at some mythic crossroads simultaneously servicing Oaxacan priests, Oriental alchemists, Sufi shamen, Ayurveda practitioners, Haitian witch-doctors and dazzle-eyed miscreants bent o... [more]

20110405103453-altaylor5 In The Best Way   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Al Taylor at Santa Monica Museum of Art January 21st, 2011 - April 16th, 2011
Posted 4/5/11

An artist’s artist, Al Taylor tinkered like a junkyard inventor or delusional handyman. Lifting the diagrammatic schemes and flat shapes of his ink drawings into three dimensions, Taylor’s sculptures are distinctively planar and linear in logic, not volumetric or massive. Commenting on his methods, he said: “This isn’t sculpture. It’s more like a pile of drawings that you can walk around.” He relished the move from two to three and back to two dimensions—a pivot from the horizontal to the ver... [more]

20110215035214-hansen5 Lovingly Polished and Laced with Drugs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Eli Hansen at Anat Ebgi January 21st, 2011 - March 5th, 2011
Posted 2/15/11

Things to think about when looking at Eli Hansen’s show Next time, they’ll know it’s us: 1. Hansen’s hand-blown glass beakers and vessels are impeccably formed, passing as mass-produced, like the several store-bought laboratory containers mixed in with the home-made rest (the former differentiated by telltale signs of industrial manufacture such as corporate labels and measurement lines). On closer inspection, the many hand-blown pieces (the majority of pieces on view) soften and warm as subtle... [more]

20110110144727-kaputt Parallel & Simultaneous: “Kaputtt” by Creator and “Kaputt” by Destroyer   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/10/11

Creator’s debut album, Kaputtt, will be released January 24th, 2011, the day before Destroyer’s much buzzed about ninth LP, Kaputt, of which the former is a full, track-by-track cover. So 2011: the cover preceding the original. Injecting a nonlinear hiccup into the historical flow, firstness is not always an easy matter of order and chronology—and, anyway, firstness is only a starting point.Destroyer’s Kaputt, the work of master mind Dan Bejar, is full of woozy, Wave-worthy sax passages and warped... [more]

20110110141507-ish-2ndcannons Long Live 2nd Cannons   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at 2nd Cannons January 8th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 1/10/11

After three years (already?!) of mounting shows in the ever-endearing smallness of Chinatown’s Bernard Street cul-de-sac glass closet (née Trudi under the guidance of Matthew Chambers), Brian Kennon’s 2nd Cannons is closing with a final exhibition of the Institute of Social Hypocrisy. The Institute of Social Hyposcrisy (ISH) is the collaborative, Paris-based project of artist Victor Boullet. Calling itself “a protracted performance piece,” ISH (Boullet) invites artists into its organizat... [more]

20101129153628-ptolemy2-slg Parallel & Simultaneous: Ptolemy Anderson Puts Weights in his Canvases   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/29/10

Portrait of Cosmo / Piss on Mt. Whitney. (2010) Ptolemy Anderson sends us postcards from the domestic familiar, mundane, close-at-hand, environmental, routine, banal-but-vital daily sphere of contact and lived experience. Splayed Book with Cracked Spine / Juggle Four Balls for Four Minutes. (2009) These are small paintings painted at home, one-a-day in a cumulative and repetitive calendar practice. Breakfast on the Balcony / Run a Six Minute Mile. (2009) That’s the first part. Then t... [more]

20101129151223-brannon-tour_guide When Wit Ends   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Matthew Brannon at David Kordansky Gallery October 30th, 2010 - December 4th, 2010
Posted 11/29/10

Start with Tour Guide (all works 2010), the hybrid print-and-sculpture that serves as entry into Matthew Brannon’s exhibition, “Wit’s End.” Following the artist’s familiar retro-Madison-Avenue/cover-of-The-New-Yorker illustrative style and image-text format, its letterpress print centers on a flute of viridian champagne fizzed with Braille-like white bubbles that sits atop a sideways iPod. In a characteristically demure visual pun, tipsiness twins tipped over music. Below the champagn... [more]

20101109025516-slehrergsignay Parallel & Simultaneous: Notes on Myra “Sugartits” McGillicutty’s Road Tripping Project, 2010   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/9/10

1. In the late 1960s, Richard Artschwager disseminated his flat ovular, pill-shaped ‘blips’ on his cross-country roadtrip and all over the urban skin of New York City. They were absorbed topically into the landscape, a staccato tattoo showing up unexpectedly like a coded message or a rare bird you learn to spot with excitement. Artschwager’s interventions added an incongruous but inconspicuous level of visual detail to the environment; easy to miss in plain sight. He distributed... [more]

20101018175502-mags_studio Parallel & Simultaneous: Five Questions for Mag Earwhig   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/18/10

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer: You had a show at Kharms & Kraut in Vancouver earlier this year. Can you describe it?Mag Earwhig: Kharms & Kraut has two adjacent spaces. For my show, “So Much Ink,” one room had works—about ten or so paintings, drawings, and sculptures—that I made realizing or taking cues from specific aesthetic, conceptual, and compositional passages of analysis I found in art criticism and reviews. It came out of aporia generating impetus out of thin air and I liked the... [more]

20101018173403-reciprocity-of-light Post-Minimalist Dance Party   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Brandon Lattu at MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House September 16th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010
Posted 10/18/10

Constructed inside Brandon Lattu’s Eagle Rock studio (exhibited offsite from the MAK at 2861 W. Avenue 35), Reciprocity of Light is an interactive room wired with a grid of light-sensitive cells and lights embedded in the walls and ceiling, concealed behind a screen of tracing paper. A single bare, incandescent bulb hangs low in the center of the space. As my body enters, joining the two others already present, it casts its moving shadow on the wall which activates the built-in... [more]

20100928012851-artaudio_logo5 Parallel & Simultaneous New Initiative: ArtAudio   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/28/10

The newest venture by the folks who brought us such innovations in viewing as EyeHabit and RemoTour is their best yet. ArtAudio is a new publishing house/record label for art lovers, putting out a very select group of art books on tape. Founded at the outset of 2010, ArtAudio was first conceived in response to the realization that art books (and their busy and/or blind readership) were being left out of the growing audio book market. But it really emerged as a surprising and provocative project t... [more]

20100920122711-erikavogtgeomtricpersecution1 Balancing Bodies with Foreign Geometries   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Erika Vogt at Overduin & Co. September 12th, 2010 - October 23rd, 2010
Posted 9/20/10

Hooks and handles are everywhere—objects on the ground, hieroglyphs in drawings, pictures on video. Round weights are tied up with stiff, upright ribbons. So are long, thin wooden sticks, each painted monochromatically: navy, pine, wheat, lake, cloud, road, and pink. Left here and there on the floor, the head of a spade and the spine of a scale point in haphazard, non-cardinal directions toward other instruments of seeming weaponry and possible torture—or, more likely, persecutio... [more]

20100907022602-cylde_dillon Parallel & Simultaneous: First-Ever Interview with 1960s Artist and Extreme Recluse, CLYDE DILLON   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 9/7/10

Clyde Dillon may be a total unknown today, but that was not always the case. At least, not exactly. Dillon dramatically entered the downtown New York art world in 1968, disappearing soon after and nearly as suddenly, and with as little explanation, as had been his appearance.  In a certain sense, he is just one of the many, many forgotten casualties of those exciting, heady days. But much more than most, his biography and trajectory have been heavily shrouded in layers of thick impenet... [more]

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