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Lovingly Polished and Laced with Drugs

by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
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 passages of limpness, slight warping, and other appealingly minute irregularities emerge. A search for evide... [more]
Posted by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer on 2/14/11
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Performative Magical Minimalism

by Andrew Berardini
1. Another Circle Two ballerinas (or rather one ballerina projected twice) pirouettes in an endless cycle in the awkward room, the intimacy of a motel office of Chinatown's unexpectedly iconic Moytel, a former inn converted to apartments. With gray painted floors, the office has been white-cubed as much one can actually convert the former motelier’s quarter’s (or should I write Moytelier) into the late twentieth century’s spare showroom for art. 2. Crystal Forest Individual shards of subtle crystals arch together on a mirrored platform with four thin, black steel legs, surroun... [more]
Posted by Andrew Berardini on 9/28/10
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On the Verge

  The Company, Los Angeles (Chinatown)     Alexander May’s solo show On the Verge of a Response (Conversation with Everything) at the Company in Chinatown closes today. For me this show places a perfunctory quotation mark on the year 2009 in all its gutsy and gory glory.  May’s response gesture overtakes the entire company space unifying every piece of square footage by hand cutting a custom (albeit clumsy) linoleum floor and spray painting a line between the floor and the wall space. The halo of spray around the floor wafts up the wall like smoke and activates the entire space creating a... [more]
Posted by Mary Anna Pomonis on 1/2/10
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"Deep End" In Chinatown

by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
    Even though many (if not most) of the eight artists in this swimming pool-themed summer group show are neither from nor based in Southern California, “Deep End” intriguingly taps into regional tropes of sunshine and noir in addition to seasonal tanlines. As curator Anat Ebgi reminds us in her exhibition text, the swimming pool is a fraught cultural symbol of both leisure and lust, childhood and drowning, suburban daydreams of the good life and shady visions tainted with danger. The pool, as an icon within the national collective imagination and fetishized in movies, belongs to Southern Cal... [more]
Posted by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer on 8/23/09