ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Welcome to the Freak Show
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring new works by artists Apricot Mantle, Jon McNair, Zach Schoenbaum, and Jessica Ward. Welcome to the Freak Show includes paintings, drawings, and illustrations depicting dark, fantastical, and otherwordly subject matter. On view through June 2, 2012.
Victor Man: The White Shadow of His Talent
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings and object arrangements by Victor Man. The White Shadow of His Talent features non-linear scenarios based on the nine fictional texts that form the book If Mind Were All There Was. On view through May 26, 2012.
Subliminal Projects (Echo Park)
Opening reception for this solo exhibition of new works by British artist Stanley Donwood. Lost Angeles is a commentary on the flawed future of society and features an 18-foot apocalyptic panorama of the L.A. being destroyed by fire, flood, and meteor storm. On view through May 26, 2012.
Make It Out
chime & co. (Silverlake)
This group show will feature works by artists including Oona Gardner, Mike Erickson, Dana Maiden, Tanya Rubback, Riah Buchanan, Nikki Lewis, Sofia Cordova, and more. On view through May 19, 2012.
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Tomma Abts, Richard Artschwager, Robert Barry, James Bishop, Daniel Buren, N. Dash, Brad Eberhard, Bart Exposito, Mary Heilmann, Mangelos, R. H. Quaytman, Analia Saban. Robert Therrien. On view through June 9, 2012.
Human Resources (Chinatown)
This event will feature musical performances by Pharoahs, LA Vampires, High Places, Suzanne Kraft and a DJ set by White Car. Admission is $5 at the door.
Matthew Marks Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by figurative sculptor Charles Ray. Sleeping woman depicts a woman sleeping on a bench, and Young man is a sculpture of a standing naked man. They are both made from solid stainless steel and weigh approximately 6,000 lbs and 1,500 lbs, respectively. On view through June 23, 2012.
Bill Jensen and Lutz Braun
ACME. (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two new exhibitions, Bill Jensen’s Recent Works and Lutz Braun’s Der Tod ist eine Geisteskrankheit. Both shows on view through June 2, 2012.
PLANEfurniture: types + prototypes
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for an exhibition of contemporary furniture that advances the gallery’s focus on 20th and 21st century architects and designers. The exhibition also represents the debut of PLANEfurniture, a collection of modern furniture created by designer and collector Michael Boyd and inspired by modern furniture designers including Gerrit Rietveld, Rudolph Schindler, Jean Prouvé, and Donald Judd. On view through June 16, 2012.
Raymond Pettibon: Prints
Leslie Sacks Contemporary (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring Raymond Pettibon’s graphic, comic-book style drawings as they translate into the print medium. Pettibon is known for his images of surfers, trains, and noir figures, which he pairs with quotes from classic Western literature and his own writing. The work comments on aspect of American culture including philosophy, politics, and punk music. On view through June 9, 2012.
KJ Schumacher: Cherokee Park
Aran Cravey Gallery (Venice)
Opening reception for Cherokee Park, a collection of new paintings by artist KJ Schumacher. This is partially inspired by Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series. On view through June 3, 2012.
On the Horizon: New Generation British Painters
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
Reception for this group show curated by Alexandra Ray and Catherine Loewe. On the Horizon showcases three figurative painters currently living and working in London: Robert Fry, Adam Dix, and Hugh Mendes. This event is in conjunction with Britweek, which celebrates British artists in California. On view through May 12, 2012.
The Wild Hunt: Part I MFA Thesis Exhibition
Irvine University Art Galleries (Irvine)
Opening reception for The Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ first installment of the 2012 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art thesis exhibitions. The two-part series features individual projects culminating from three years of formal and theoretical study at the university. Featured artists include Nick Aguayo, James Anderson, Sarah Beadle, Maya Gurantz, and Paul Pescador. The event will feature a screening of Pescador’s film 3 at 5pm. On view through May 11, 2012.
High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree)
Assist in the demolition of the 24 foot tall wooden structure installation Yucca Crater, located in Joshua Tree’s High Desert Test Sites. The demolition begins at 9am and volunteers are welcome to take pieces of the installation home to use as scrap and firewood. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sleeping Woman, Charles Ray. Stainless steel. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery.