Evocative Art All Around Town
Durden and Ray; Launch; KP Projects; 18th Street Art Center
Exciting art exhibitions opened all around town this past weekend, Eastside and West.
At Durden and Ray in DTLA, “Book Club: Speedboat,” inspired by Renata Adler’s episodic 1976 novel, utilizes the concept of a book club to create a provocative, fun community event. A lively, engaged crowd enjoyed a chartreuse and cognac cocktail curated by Robin Jackson, while dancers in white jumpsuits—choreographed by Ania Catherine, moved in and out of foam-filled cardboard boxes.
Curator Steven Wolkoff—who curated a previous book club iteration, presented video footage by hair stylists Traci Sakosits and Matthew Kazarian, art works by Dave Bondi, Jennifer Celio, Dani Dodge, Tom Dunn, Kio Griffith, Jenny Hagar, Ben Jackel, Laura Krifka, David Leapman, Liza Ryan and Jayna Zweiman, creator of the Pussyhat Project.
Composer Michael Webster provided the evening’s score. From a video installation by Griffith to a mixed media wall sculpture by Dodge, and Jackal’s miniature stoneware “707” sculpture, there was much to experience.
In mid-city, at Launch, two beautiful and perfectly paired solo shows captivated a capacity crowd. With “Fenomenal,” Christine Rasmussen offers dream-like urban landscapes populated by distinctly feminine garments and fabrics that seem to have escaped all known boundaries. They’re filled with a wondrous light that vibrates with possibility.
Holly Elander presents works from two separate series, “Solitary Shadows and Their Home.” “Solitary Shadows” has a deliciously noir feel in contemplative night views of LA’s alleys and neighborhoods. “Their Home” is lighter in palette and whimsical in subject, featuring animals in domestic settings. Both artists work with architecture and design, creating intriguing, absorbing works.
At KP Projects, two visually and psychologically intricate solo shows debuted: Masakatsu Sashie’s eloquent sci-fi “Kaleidoscope,” and Vonn Sumner’s thoughtful series of portraits and people, some faceless, “Strange Days.” Both shows are as fresh as they are mysterious.
And, in Santa Monica, at Highways at the 18th Street Art Center, it was back to the literary world, as artist Dakota Noot exhibited a series of pen and pencil drawings in the wonderfully playful, inventive “Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad.” Inspired by George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the captivating exhibition shows us faceless men mutating into a new species.
Photos by Genie Davis