Jenna Finwall Ryan

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Beautiful Disaster  
Robert Gober at Matthew Marks Gallery, North Orange Grove January 19th, 2013 - April 6th, 2013
Posted 3/28/13
Set your Instagram filter to "Surreal" and venture inside Matthew Marks Gallery’s Robert Gober: Sculpture Drawings Studies, on exhibit from January 19-April 6, 2013.  This is the surrealist's first solo exhibition of new work in 4 years and marks Gober's long-awaited return to Los Angeles for a one-person show.  The artist's sometimes polarizing work explores themes of religion, politics, power, and sexuality, and often represents objects from his childhood in distorted form.  His current exhibitio... [more]
In Case of Emergency, Break Glass  
Sean Kennedy at Thomas Duncan Gallery March 19th, 2013 - March 23rd, 2013
Posted 3/27/13
Installation view, Sean Kennedy: Territory: First Solo Show, courtesy of Thomas Duncan Gallery   Thomas Duncan Gallery presents three installations by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Kennedy during Week 1 of Territory, a five-week exhibition of solo shows from March 19-April 20, 2013.  I visited the gallery on the afternoon of the last day of Kennedy's show.  Upon entering the unassuming Hollywood space, I worried that I was too late: all of the walls were blank.  Soon after, I realized my observation... [more]
Train Spotting  
Mike Brodie at M+B March 16th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013
Posted 3/26/13
Mike Brodie has captured something raw and honest in his series of 30 photographs on display in Los Angeles at M+B.  The gallery, consisting of a converted bungalow and modern annex, provides an intimate look at the heroic historian's three-year journey as a cross-country stowaway, hitchhiker, and pedestrian.  The title of the exhibition, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, conjures the current and all-too-familiar entitlement of youth.  Brodie and his travel companions, however, embody a life not of... [more]