ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
The Institute For Figuring Launch Party
The Institute For Figuring (Chinatown)
The Institute for Figuring, a new space focused on science, mathematical and engineering-based art, celebrates its recent opening with a launch party featuring science experiments and champagne.
Christina Forrer: Moving In
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Christina Forrer. Moving In is the inaugural show in the gallery’s new exhibition series Tif’s Desk. On view through June 1, 2012.
Tactical Play Exchange
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an installation piece by Robert Gero and Michael Rees. Tactical Play Exchange features sculptures, digital animations, photographs, and architectural interventions that together create a networked installation, thus forming a “ground of play’ within the gallery. On view through June 2, 2012.
Joshua Levine: Monumental
The Studio for Southern California History (Chinatown)
Opening reception for Joshua Levine’s Monumental, which features 12 sculptures that explore the concepts of cloning, genetics, and synthetic biology. Each piece is presented on a base modeled after a U.S. National Monument. This show is presented by ShoeboxLA, a program that gives Los Angeles artists an opportunity to do one-day, site-specific exhibitions outside the traditional gallery setting.
Liz Magic Laser: The Digital Face
Various Small Fires (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of work by video and performance artist Liz Magic Laser. Laser will present video works from her recent performances I Feel Your Pain, Flight, and The Digital Face in addition to a series of new collages that explore the relationship between the performers, audience, and camera. On view through June 16, 2012.
David O’Brien: My Pet Doppelgänger
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection featuring Los Angeles-based artist David O’Brien’s large-scale photo collages. These works, composed of tens of thousands of photographs, explore the notion that every individual has doppelgängers that exist online in the form of profiles, account settings, personal preferences, posts, and photo streams. On view through June 16, 2012.
Ikon Ltd. (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Damien Hirst. This show includes several of Hirst’s spin paintings, butterfly paintings, and works from the Last Supper and Spot series. On view through July 28, 2012.
Erick Oh: His Chamber and Lucinda Luvaas: Flash Points
Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two collections by Erick Oh & Lucinda Luvaas. Oh uses a visual language that includes fish, hearts, clocks, and simplified figures to translate feelings of emptiness and separation. Luvaas’ mixed media relief works, a cross between painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, capture moments of urban life. On view through July 15, 2012.
Beacon Arts Building (Inglewood)
Opening reception for a group show that explores drawing as a genre. Lineamanta will feature work by artists including China Adams, Steven Bankhead, Fay Ray, GeoVanna Gonzales, Kate Harding, Doug Harvey, Flora Kao, Jed Lind, and Nuttaphol Ma. On view through June 24, 2012.
Fabien Castanier Gallery (Studio City)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by French graffiti artists Tilt, Rero, Speedy Graphito, Nasty, and JonOne. French Invasion will feature silkscreens, installations, paintings, and sculpture, and the event will include JonOne, Speedy Graphito, and Tilt spraying a collaborative mural from 4-7pm. On view through June 24, 2012.
John Baldessari: Double Bill (Part 2)
Margo Leavin Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a new series in which Baldessari pairs the work of two other artists (such as Giovanni di Paolo with David Hockney, or Fernand Léger with Max Ernst) on a single canvas and then overlays his own hand-painted color additions. Only one of the two artistic “collaborators” are identified on each canvas, thus challenging the viewer to identify the missing artist and allowing them to draw their own conclusions regarding the image’s authorship. On view through June 30, 2012.
Emily Counts: Past Present Future: Connect
Garboushian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for an exhibition of mixed media sculptures by Portland-based artist Emily Counts. This show examines past, present and future technology with respect to a time when new inventions and scientific ideas were perceived as magic or a product of the occult. On view through June 16, 2012.
John McAllister: Duskbright Bellows
Richard Telles Fine Arts (Mid-City West)
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings by artist John McAllister. Duskbright Bellows features works composed from vibrant colors. On view through June 16, 2012.
Moving Pictures: Painting, Photography, Film
Echo Park Film Center (Echo Park)
This screening event, presented by the Los Angeles Filmforum, will feature works from artists including John Baldessari, Paul McCarthy, Sam Erenberg, Morgan Fisher, Gary Beydler, Lyn Gerry and Estelle Kirsh, and Renate Druks. The event focuses on exploring the two dimensional nature of film, photography, and painting. Ticket are $10 and available online.
Look Here, Upon This Picture
Cherry and Martin (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Alice Channer, Mari Eastman, Marc Hundley, and Amanda Ross-Ho. This multidisciplinary show will include paintings, drawings, and sculptures that focus on the notion of the artist as a receiver and transmitter of information. On view through June 30, 2012.
Mia Araujo: Into the Woods
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Mia Araujo. Into the Woods features seven new paintings and ten drawings influenced by the Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke, the writings of John Muir, Timothy Egan’s book The Big Burn, and the natural world. Guest artist Nouar will present a show entitled Confectionary Affections in the space’s upstairs gallery. On view through June 2, 2012.
Damien Hirst, Beautiful Innocent Slap Dash Painting, household gloss on canvas, 2005. Courtesy of Ikon Ltd.