Five Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including Google Street View Disasters
Photo by Brian Forrest Lawrence Weiner's Under the Top (2012)
This week, creatures in crocheted suits wander Barnsdall Park, a role-player tries to make a virtual battle real, and an artist digs up the dark side of Google Street View.
5. Handmade monsters
When I first met artist Zac Monday, he was crocheting a cashmere scarf in a coffee shop. The scarf was soft, sensuous and impressive, but then I found what Monday does for his art: He crochets elaborate, full-body suits. He's made shamanistic robes with animal faces and long-necked red suits with claws on the ends of sleeves that drag on the ground. On Sunday, as part of "Made in L.A." at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, performers dressed in Monday's costumes will wander around the building; you'll have to follow them to find out what they'll do. 4800 Hollywood Blvd.; Sun., June 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. (323) 660-4254, lamag.org.
4. Painter with a camera
Painter Cy Twombly, who left New York for Rome in the late 1950s and never looked back, knew when to let marks fade into the background and when to let a color pop. This talent served him when he was behind the camera, too. The photographs he took between the 1950s and 2000s, now on view at Gagosian Gallery, include some gems, like the image from 1954 that makes Robert Rauschenberg's rough-and-tumble studio look elegant, and the one of peonies so flushed and fleshy you think you can feel them. 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills; through June 9. (310) 271-9400; gagosian.com.
3. Google Street View disasters
When Jon Rafman trolled through the vast online pool of Google Street View images, taken by those bulky cameras on top of marauding Google cars, he found some alarming shots, which is exactly what he'd hoped for. He saw a van on fire in Rio de Janeiro, a tiger in a near-empty parking lot in Colorado, a baby crawling on the sidewalk outside a Gucci store in Taipei. These images, scaled up and framed, hang alongside others in Rafman's dual-location show "Mirror Site," half of which is on view at International Art Objects and half at M+B Gallery. 612 N. Almont Drive, W. Hlywd; through June 23. (310) 550-0050, mbart.com. 6086 Comey Ave.; through June 9. (323) 965-2264, international.la.
2. Making a Mess of the Little Mermaid
When Mark Moore had its gallery in Santa Monica, the space always smelled strongly of oil paint. It felt like a rare throwback to the old-school, post-WWII days of Abstract Expressionism, when painters like Pollock reigned. Maybe now that Allison Schulnick, the messiest painter on Mark Moore's roster, has had her first show in the Culver City gallery, a hint of that smell will return. Called "Salty Air," the exhibition is loosely inspired by the Little Mermaid story. There are sad mermaids with cupcake-like mounds for breasts, impressionistic ceramic shells and a long-haired, long-faced sailor who could pass as a cat lady if he shaved his beard. 5790 Washington Blvd.; through June 7. (310) 453-3031, markmooregallery.com.
1. Mean what you say, say what you mean
Lawrence Weiner still has the same distinctive beard he had in the 1970s, only now it's gray and longer. He still works in the studio daily and he doesn't do lunch -- it's an annoying interruption. He's one of few conceptual artists who hasn't held a teaching job: Academia's about answers, and what could more antithetical to art-making? "Skills come with age," he's said of artists, "but wisdom, I doubt it very, very much." His new show at Regen Projects might be a little bit wise, though, in the way it doesn't attempt to be anything other than what it is. The winding blue vinyl letters on the floor that say "Around & Around" pull your eye around and around, and the words "Under the Top," written in boxy black just under the ceiling rafters, articulate exactly where they are and exactly what they mean. 9016 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; through June 23. (310) 276-5424, regenprojects.com.
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