The Fourth World at The Institute for Art and Olfaction

The Fourth World Institute for Art and Olfaction By Shana Nys Dambrot   Everything is mediated. All objects, actions, impulses, and mythologies are multivalent, shape-shifting, and strange. Even the singular is a stranger to itself. Articulating interconnectivity is an imperative for truthfulness, but the contours of overlapping energetic dimensions are a bear to make into…

Beautiful Parts at CSUN Art Gallery

Beautiful Parts CSUN Art Gallery on view through October 26th by Eve Wood   Attempting to scrutinize and understand what makes someone, or something, beautiful is and has always been a dangerous game that only ever leads to feelings of disappointment and self doubt. That being said, Rough Play, the collective who conceived and organized…

Kimberly Brooks: Brazen at Zevitas Marcus

Kimberly Brooks: Brazen Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles By Shana Nys Dambrot Through October 28th   Choreographing abstraction and figuration to operate within a single image is always really a balancing act. A purportedly non-figurative composition can, by design or by neurological/optic impulse, seem to be tugging at, or flirting with imagery, like a mystery wanting…

Conduction at Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA)

Conduction FOCA  By Lorraine Heitzman Through October 27th   The Fellows of Contemporary Art (widely known as FOCA) operates out of an unassuming office space in Chinatown, accessed through a quiet courtyard and tucked into a second floor storefront. Like the spy headquarters concealed behind a tailor shop in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the pedestrian…