Fresh batch of Saturday art openings
Along with visiting The 14th Factory, I saw a lot of great artwork around DTLA last Saturday. I especially enjoyed the group show Concrete Island at Venus. The "brochure" accompanying the show is funny:
Get Lost! Caught between the proverbial here and there, you can sleep under the stars, delicate primordial soup, regard the mushrooming possibilities of budding civilizations, or degrade luxuries back into raw material. This is a vacation that will never end, no matter how hard you try! Concrete Island: Where Survival is Avant-Garde.
Below: Vern Blosum, Kim Gordon, Nancy Rubins, Jon Pylypchuk, Ry Rocklen, Max Hooper Schneider, and Blair Saxon-Hill. (Just a small selection of a big, great show.)
Walked down the street to UTA which was very blue chip. I liked Jonathan Horowitz' take on Lichtenstein, a pretty Josh Smith, a Dash Snow collage, and a Rauschenberg-esque Cady Nolan.
Nextdoor at IBID are gorgeous, small and delicate works: Francesca Longhini, Baroque Anxiety.
Next we checked out Nick Herman: URANANTENNA at Grice Bench. I always love to see collage in a gallery. The show is delightful.
Just down the street at CES Gallery was the opening of a group show: Psychonautics. It's pretty and fresh; a feels like Spring exhibition. I love Kenton Parker's painting and was happy to run into him. Also pictured: Elana Bowsher's cactus, Elizabeth Huey, and Brian Robertson. I'm happy this gallery is my neighbor.
Night Gallery was hopping with the opening of JPW3: Drifting the Bog. It's an epic, confusing, popcorn-smelling show.