Five Artsy Things to Do This Week, Including Monster Drawing Rally
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer; Courtesy the artist, Francois Ghebaly Gallery and Kate Werble Gallery Anna Betbeze's dyed-wool Wormhole (2012)
This week, there's slap-dash sci-fi in Lincoln Heights, a game of consequence playing out online and mammoth, torn, dyed wool tapestries in Culver City.
5. Monster drawing rally
Outpost for Contemporary Art started hosting Monster Drawing Rallies in 2008. Now that Outpost has moved its headquarters to the Armory in Pasadena, the rally will take place there. On Sunday afternoon, groups of 25 invited artists will work for one hour on collaborative drawings. By day's end, at least four such drawings should be finished. Visitors can watch, drink, eat and, if they like what they see, buy the finished work for $75. 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; Sun., June 17, noon-6 p.m.; $10 suggested donation. (626) 792-5101, armoryarts.org.
4. Ramshackle sci-fi
Paul Waddell's horror short "Speculative Clone Planet" plays in Night Gallery's back room, behind Waddell's paintings of blob-headed figures with great legs and butts. The film is set in a future that looks a lot like the past, or like sci-fi shot in a teen's garage circa 1995. The ramshackle aesthetic works, though, and the wordplay is childishly fun (the protagonist clones are named "Rad," and "rad" is also their favorite adjective). 204 S. Ave. 19; through July 3. (646) 717-4925, nightgallery.ca
3. Online artist parlor games
I wouldn't have guessed Shoshana Wayne Gallery, a fixture of the Bergamot Station enclave, would be among the first L.A. galleries to host online exhibitions. But its debut web-only show started June 6. It's called "CAPTCHA" and will play out over the next month and a half like a "Consequences-style parlor game." One participant sends out a text prompt to another, who creates an image. The next participant responds to the image with text, and so on. Kate Wolf started it off with "Feds storm a luncheon of tatterdemalions for no good reason." Subsequent plays will appear at shoshanawayne.com. 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; through August 18. (310) 453-7535, shoshanawayne.com.
2. Death-ship comedy
See H.C. Westermann's art for the first time and you might take him to be a self-taught folk craftsman, obsessed with the ravages of war and burdened with a savage sense of humor. You'd be half right. Westermann did fixate on warfare and tend toward satire. But he graduated from art school after serving in World War II and Korea and had his first solo show at LACMA in 1969. Though he's become more obscure since his death in 1980, his redwood death ship and cartoonish scenes of desert battles at Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery are exquisitely made and grippingly macabre. 2902 Nebraska Ave., Santa Monica; through July 7. (310) 586-6886, kaynegriffincorcoran.com.
1. Hairy jungle tapestries
Anna Betbeze's blankets of wool are monstrously large and gorgeously destroyed. Betbeze has dyed, washed, burned, bleached and torn them, then hung them loosely, so that some drag on the floor of Francois Ghebaly Gallery. The gallery is a former muffler shop with an exhibition space you have to climb down to, and it feels like you're descending into a fantastic psychedelic jungle that just survived a storm. 2600 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through July 7. (310) 280-0777, ghebaly.com.
2600 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA