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SATURDAY, MAY 26
Amir Nikravan: Gemini
Pepin Moore (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by LA-based artist Amir Nikravan. Gemini features works in which three dimensional constructions are presented as two dimensional paintings. On view through June 30, 2012.
Made of Concrete
Actual Size (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring new work by Swiss artists Sami Benhadj and Tarik Hayward. The series of 16 by 20 inch black and white photographs was created during the artists’ year-long residency in the Swiss Alps during which they used cranes and forklifts to construct large-scale still life arrangements with objects from the area surrounding their warehouse. On view through June 30, 2012.
Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Artist Arjuna Neuman presents a gallery installation that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. The evening will feature a performance devised from the same concept in which performers will incorporate the gallery’s environmental elements as “characters” in the vignette.Tickets are $10 and available online.
Dockweiler Beach (Playa del Rey)
This free event, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, will feature interactive, multimedia art including live black-light painting and story sharing.
Thomas Paul Fine Art (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings by artist Sandrine Kern. Kern’s landscape paintings are suggestive of real places without being entirely literal.
Allison Schulnik: Salty Air
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Allison Schulnik. Salty Air will feature textured canvases, ceramics, and works on paper influenced by such nautical stories as The Little Mermaid. On view through July 7, 2012.
Reading: Eleanor Antin and Simone Forti
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
This free event will feature readings from artists Eleanor Antin and Simone Forti. Antin will read from her recent memoir Conversations with Stalin and Forti will read poetry selections from Handbook in Motion, Oh, Tongue, her upcoming book The Bear in the Mirror, and new unpublished material. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Karl Haendel: Informal Family Blackmail
Susanne Vielmetter (Culver City)
Opening reception for an installation of new drawings, a book, and a film by artist Karl Haendel. Informal Family Blackmail explores the themes of insecurity, doubt, regret, and family relationships. On view through June 28, 2012.
Yue Minjun, Mark Jenkins, and Aakash Nihalani
Carmichael Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works on paper from the series SMILE-ISMS by Yue Minjun and sculpture by Mark Jenkins and Aakash Nihalani. On view through June 30, 2012. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kathleen Henderson: Notes on a Gathering Crowd
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Berkeley-based artist Kathleen Henderson. Notes on a Gathering Crowd features almost 40 oil stick drawings on paper. These works explore social and political issues through comedic satire. On view through June 30, 2012.
Walk the Talk
Skid Row (Locations Vary)
Presented by the the Los Angeles Police Department, Walk the Talk will feature a parade and brass band performances traveling through downtown’s Skid Row neighborhood. The event is an annual effort to raise awareness about the history of Skid Row, and will also feature lectures by community activists and 36 new portraits of such individuals by artist Mr. Brainwash.
Pink Shells, Allison Schulnik, 2012, oil on canvas stretched over board, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of Mark Moore Gallery.