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Takahashi

Takahashi in Culver City

by Marcus Civin
        Imagine the affect of the full, undiluted, electromagnetic radiation of the stars. Astronomers constantly adjust to correct for atmospheric distortions, in order to better see, and to more accurately imagine, the universe. From inside the gallery at LAXART, we hear, then strain to better hear the slight reverberation of a guitar playing isolated notes. High, and off to the side, at the entrance to the gallery, quietly audacious French artist, Samon Takahashi posts a score created by singling out occurrences in the Italian libretto of Dante’s Divine Comedy that correspond to the sounds as... [more]
Posted by Marcus Civin on 11/30/09
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Artigas in Culver City

by Andrew Berardini
Quick survey: Which building in Los Angeles would you like to have demolished? 1)    Disney Concert Hall 2)    The Pacific Design Center 3)    Staples Center 4)    Broad Contemporary Art Center 5)    Rodeo Drive Boutiques 6)    Kodak Center Somehow you feel like it’s a test, a test that will reveal a secret about yourself, about your city, about, at the very least, what one small segment of the populace thinks is the building that most needs to be put out of its misery.  Gustavo Artigas likes games that take on the social dimensions of the various cities he works within.  And for this p... [more]
Posted by Andrew Berardini on 9/27/09
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Is This What We Want?

by Catherine Wagley
With locations throughout the state, this year’s California Biennial literally invites a nomadic experience. In fact, much of the included work is actually about movement and transition. Both Julio Cesar Morales’ and Rubén Ortiz Torres’ contributions to the Biennial fit that bill, exuding a haunting potential energy that, installed at LAX Art and isolated from the rest of the exhibition, becomes all the more forceful.Knowing about Mexican General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, or about the night in 1846 when he fed the U.S. militia men who would take him prisoner and take California from him, is n... [more]
Posted by Catherine Wagley on 12/23/08
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Michael Rashkow

Michael Rashkow 12.26.07   Author: Annie Buckley 11.16.07-01.05.08 LAXART The birth of photography was marked by a necessarily symbiotic relationship between art and science, one that has reemerged in recent decades. This exhibition of new works by Michael Rashkow quietly points to the resurgence. In comparison with the supersize, brightly colored, or otherwise dazzling photographs in many galleries, this work is relatively subdued. Yet the power of the exhibition, which includes eight photographic portraits alongside small sculptural objects, lies in its sense of mystery and an infectious curi... [more]
Posted by Michael Rashkow on 10/1/09
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Gallery: Home

by Nico Machida
An apartment interior nonchalantly if eccentrically arranged, its unremarkable couches and tables arrayed here and there, Michael Queenland’s The MORL or NYC Apartment is not so much an installation as an uncanny reality unto itself. Or rather it is a convincing architectural hybrid, the deadpan re-representation of a domestic space (replete with bric-a-brac, photos of beloved pets, bananas) within the conceptual envelope of a gallery space. Queenland has put domesticity itself on display here, constructing the familiar accoutrements of everyday life as plain artifice, and so proposing a theater o... [more]
Posted by Nico Machida on 10/6/07