Carbon at Fellows of Contemporary Art

Carbon: Richer than Gold Fellows of Contemporary Art in Chinatown Through July 20th   By Genie Davis In the case of Carbon, at Fellows of Contemporary of Art in Chinatown through July 20th, that element is not only the basis of life, it is the basis of a vibrant artistic life. Beautifully curated by Lauren…

John Bankston at Walter Maciel Gallery

John Bankston: The Sky Above Us Walter Maciel Gallery, Culver City Through June 30 By Shana Nys Dambrot   The predicated, corollary, problem-solving relationship between line and color that unfolds across a pristine coloring book animates the paintings of John Bankston. It’s a stylistic and material process he sets up for himself, by first drawing…

Deborah Roberts at Luis de Jesus

Deborah Roberts: Fragile but Fixable Luis de Jesus Gallery Through June 16, 2018   By Shana Nys Dambrot Mixed media collages by Deborah Roberts give physical expression to an essential psychosocial phase of human development — adolescence. Her works deftly interpret the time in everyone’s life when we really start to consciously figure out who…

Art History Interrupted at CMAY Gallery

Art History, Interrupted at CMay Gallery Through May 1 By Genie Davis. The works of Andy Bauch, Bobbie Moline-Kramer, and Jay Mark Johnson offer a stunning series of contrasts in a strong show at CMay Gallery in the Pacific Design Center. Well-curated by Shana Nys Dambrot, the images are striking and fascinating in their contrasts,…

Robert Russell: Moore. More. Moore.

Robert Russell: Moore. More. Moore. Anat Ebgi – AE2  Through April 28.   By Shana Nys Dambrot What do Andy Warhol, Kellyanne Conway, Charlie Brown, CalArts, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, softcore porn, firearms, Rembrandt, Marilyn Monroe, and Pikachu have in common? Funny you should ask, because painter Robert Russell has prepared an answer. It’s you. “Moore. More.…

Ruth Pastine at Porch Gallery

Ruth Pastine: BroadBands Porch Gallery, Ojai March 22 – April 22, 2018   By Shana Nys Dambrot Ruth Pastine’s chromatically saturated paintings are in some ways odes to the power of pure color, but they are also excavations of the artist’s role in communicating, manipulating, and amplifying that power. And anyway they’re too disruptive to…

BioPerversity at Nicodim

BioPerversity at Nicodim Gallery through April 28, 2018 By Shana Nys Dambrot We tend to use anthropomorphized animals as proxies in metaphors and morality plays, fairy tales and Freudian projections, tattoos and illuminated manuscripts. Old myths are full of half human, half animal creatures, often gods or at least demigods. Minotaur, mermaid, centaur, Anubis, wood…