Photo by Pierre-Laurent Cassière Florian & Michel Quistrebert's double channel video installation, The 8th Sphere
This week, an artist hides erotic paperbacks inside his paintings, and an unfinished psychological thriller inspires an exhibition in Hollywood.
5. Clean paintings of a dirty novel
Artist Matthew Brannon wrote an erotic novel he calls Leopard, which is also what he calls his current show at David Kodansky Gallery . The novel appears in the show, inserted into a brass slot in the side of each of Brannon's large, minimal paintings, made of black marks that sometimes seem to vaguely depict abstracted human figures on gray backgrounds. The text of the novel also scrolls across one of two monitors in the center of the room. The other monitor shows a woman reading Leopard and barely reacting, not even when Brannon describes a human fountain made up of a series of men peeing into one another's mouths, or other awkwardly abject scenes. People in the gallery don't react much, either -- Brannon's turned dirtiness into something cool and cagey. 5896 Smiley Drive, Culver City; through Jan. 18. (310) 558-3030, davidkordanskygallery.com.