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Xylor Jane: Magic Squares for Earthlings at Parrasch Heijnen

Xylor Jane: Magic Squares for Earthlings at Parrasch Heijnen

Often, viewing art necessitates a serious leap of faith. Wading head-deep into an artist’s game is predicated on suspending disbelief and accepting the premise that her intentions are sound, purposeful and sufficiently authentic.

No such leap is necessary when it comes to Xylor Jane’s exhibition, “Magic Square for Earthlings,” on view now at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery.

The least bit of scrutiny lays bare the Long-Beach-born painter’s obsessive commitment – the transcendental seriousness of her exploration – even while any clear comprehension of her underlying intentions remains pleasantly elusive.

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Talia Shipman’s “Meet Me in the Middle” at Chimento Contemporary

Talia Shipman’s “Meet Me in the Middle” at Chimento Contemporary

Talia Shipman’s exhibition, Meet Me in the Middle, at Chimento Contemporary, toys with expectations and a very specific color palette to deliver both a celebration and a critique of human-made objects, all in the form of a desert-mirage-like, immersive installation.
The Vancouver-born artist combines chicken wire cactus sculptures with photographs of spare California desert landscapes, populated by aqua-hued 99¢ Store bric-a-brac.

At first glance, the playful blue objects plopped into desert settings read as makeshift oases. The overall impression is deceptively refreshing – the visual equivalent of a splash of cool, man-made water in an arid environment.

Because the dime store objects – blue wigs, turquoise wine glasses, toys, tarps, cellophane and even the chicken wire – are so artificial, so chintzy and ultimately so dispensable – they offer only fleeting relief for a parched visitor. Instead of hydration, the detritus serves more as a reminder of a vast human presence, a sort of blue-dyed, petroleum-based overspray from the churning global production stream.

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Acme 1992-2017

Acme 1992-2017

Saturday, June 10, 2017, Acme, a groundbreaking Los Angeles gallery, shut its doors for good, a mere seven months after relocating from mid-Wilshire to Frogtown. Acme’s impact on the Los Angeles art scene throughout the ‘90s and first decade of the new...

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From WHERE Los Angeles:

From WHERE Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours by Suzanne Ennis The Los Angeles gallery scene has exploded in recent years, with buzzy new galleries such as Night Gallery and the Mistake Room in downtown’s industrial district and Papillion in Leimert Park pioneering neighborhoods off...

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Ken Gonzales-Day Shines Light on Forgotten Horror

Ken Gonzales-Day Shines Light on Forgotten Horror

Ken Gonzales-Day, RUN UP, 2007, LIGHTJET MOUNTED ON ALUMINUM, EDITION OF 5 Does knowing some background information about artwork really matter? Or, should everything you need to know about an image just be sitting there, exposed and open for scrutiny? Ken...

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