Mark Steven Greenfield: Mantras & Musings

Mark Steven Greenfield: Mantras & Musings Lora Schlesinger Gallery By Shana Nys Dambrot Through October 14th   Cotton is a strange plant, a mallow. A spiked armor cracks into spears, revealing how a soft cloud of white fiber densely billow-blooms, wooden stalks rise and curve like the thinnest of neck napes to hold aloft the sticky…

Ann Hamilton at Gemini G.E.L.

Ann Hamilton at Gemini G.E.L. By Shana Nys Dambrot July 10 – September 19, 2017* (see note at the end about dates)     Qualities of tactility and physicality are not typically primary in considering print editions. But in ways both literal and illusionistic, that is exactly what’s called for — both in imagery and objecthood…

Summery Appeal: A Group Show Curated by Doug Harvey

Summery Appeal: A Group Show Curated by Doug Harvey The Good Luck Gallery, Chinatown By Shana Nys Dambrot Through August 27th   There are a handful of unforgettable breakout stars among the 50+ artists included in this, the most epic of summer salons. But the true strength of the showing is the sheer breadth of…

Joe Ray: Complexion Constellation at Diane Rosenstein Gallery

Joe Ray: Complexion Constellation Diane Rosenstein Gallery By Shana Nys Dambrot Through August 5th   Light and Space meets outer space meets headspace in the paintings, sculptures, and performance-derived photography of Los Angeles-based artist Joe Ray. A luminary in the constellation of Leimert Park’s richly profound art, music, and literature of the last five decades,…

Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn: HYDROGENESIS

Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn: HYDROGENESIS HILDE L.A., Mid-City By Shana Nys Dambrot Through July 15th   The centerpiece of the eerie, witty, sculptural installation HYDROGENESIS is a large mixed media situation of the same name, a pagan-industrial confection made from a 1970 El Camino, sand, a cresting bronze heron, palm fronds, seaweed, cement, wood, wax candle, sea urchin,…

Sarah Ann Weber: Scenic View at Club Pro, Los Angeles

Sarah Ann Weber: Scenic View Club Pro, Los Angeles By Shana Nys Dambrot Through July 12th   Unapologetically beautiful but also a bit awkward; florid and verdant and teeming with floras and arboreals, rendered in a rather sickly sweet palette — the unnatural Nature of Sarah Ann Weber’s Scenic View offers dystopian idylls, in landscapes…

Betye Saar: Keeping it Clean

Betye Saar: Keeping it Clean Craft and Folk Art Museum By Shana Nys Dambrot Through August 20th   One of the most potent aspects of assemblage is that it deepens and amplifies the power of its message by not only depicting but actually embodying the history of its components. This is one of the reasons…