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Desert and Forest: Companion LA Exhibitions Show the Vast Reach of Pope.L

by Lauren McQuade
Stark rattling creeps in. After a few seconds, an initial pang of sound smooths into a pervasive noise that induces a feeling of anxious, indistinguishable energy. Did I walk into the gallery’s theater feeling like this?, I think to myself, but I can’t recall. Old black and white images of the desert alternate between present day images of the same scene; the now diffused rattling rolls into booming drums when a large magenta font flashes onscreen: OBI SUNT “Blackness feels personal, like something we can own or hold in our hands or hang from a tree. Therefore, we mistake... [more]
Posted by Lauren McQuade on 10/30/15
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Watchlist Artist: Aaron Aujla

Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Marriage Material, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Aaron Aujla in which the artist explores the values that he deems fundamental to effective interior design–the division of space and the amalgamation of utilitarian and sculptural ideals. The exhibition will feature two shelf sculptures that simultaneously preserve and occupy the space; abstract wall works made from cedar shingles and an installation dedicated to interior designer Victoria Hagan. In aiming to combine vanity with pragmatism, Aujla uses materials that are made for... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/22/13
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Window Frames

by Arely Villegas
Jesse Fleming at The Finley Gallery and L'Idée Fixe at Steve Turner Contemporary The tangible vs. the intangible ... Architecturally, the Finley adapts to the facade of the building—situated while seemingly floating in space. Imminently, the Finley imitates the quiet intangibility of William Leavitt´s shape shifting dreamscapes (pulsating purple plays with the inhibited greenery of garden plants), the poetics of Hollywood sets along with the untidy narrative of the Los Angeles landscape. Literally, the Finley is a gallery in an apartment building hallway. A small glass-faced bulletin board on... [more]
Posted by Arely Villegas on 7/25/12
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The Struggle Itself

by Andrew Berardini
Sisyphus, the poor bastard. Sent to hell, he was doomed to roll a boulder up a hill over and over again, the sucker slipping away as soon as he got to the top. This penalty wasn’t for murdering house guests (one of the shittier things he’s rumored to have done), but simply for thinking himself more clever than the gods.Some time later, the dashingly chain-smoking Frenchman Albert Camus wrote, "The struggle itself...is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." It’s almost to say that Sisyphus can outclever his way even out of an eternity of the same interminable and re... [more]
Posted by Andrew Berardini on 6/28/11
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Saldaña in Mid-Wilshire

by Michael Shaw
Combining handmade fetishism within a conceptual framework, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña’s exhibition, Ersatz, invests craftwork with a new, troubling presence. The procession of handmade life preservers (ranging in size from adult to child) calls to mind the precision of Kaz Oshiro mixed with the tenderness of Charles LeDray. Oddly, the arrangement of life jackets is followed by a paper towel dispenser on the adjacent wall.  Like the jackets, the paper is handmade, embossed and hand-folded.  A shadow of apocalypse marks both. After the fall, we’ll all be making our own life preservers and paper towels... [more]
Posted by Michael Shaw on 10/5/09
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Camilo Ontiveros in Miracle Mile

by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
Old, beat up, and broken, many with deep scratches and nicks in their white or ochre enamel paint, thirteen washing machines and dryers in various states of disrepair cluster around the crisp, white walls of the gallery. Camilo Ontiveros amassed this collection of tired appliances in the weeks leading up to this, his first solo gallery exhibition, through brightly colored bi-lingual posters advertising fifteen dollar payments per used machine. Continuing his ongoing consideration of the underground economies and labor conditions related to Mexican immigration into the Southland, Ontiveros bought... [more]
Posted by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer on 7/26/09
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Gonzales-Day at Steve Turner

by Ed Schad
Ken Gonzales-Day is as committed to photography and the role photography plays in such lost histories as he is in the social justice of reviving the stories themselves. For Gonzales-Day, photography plays a political role as well as an aesthetic one. For instance, how does one think about an event that has no photo or video documentation? What does an after the fact negotiation with that history through photography mean? Now that we can alter photographs any way we want, what makes their content different from a personal drawing. At Steve Turner, Gonzales-Day further examines these shadows,... [more]
Posted by Ed Schad on 4/27/08