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5 Fascinating Gallery Shows Up Now (PHOTOS)

This is a great time of the year to gallery hop in Los Angeles. Several established and emerging art fairs (LA Art Show, photo la, Art LA Contemporary and Paramount Ranch) happen the last two week of January which sets the stage for some amazing gallery exhibitions. Here’s the Art Nerd LA round up of five fascinating gallery shows to check out in the city.

Anish Kapoor at Regen Projects
6750 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Up through March 7, 2015, http://www.regenprojects.com/
First and foremost, I can’t stop thinking about the stellar Anish Kapoor exhibition up now at Regen Projects. It’s obviously one of the most well curated and impressive exhibitions Regen has presented in recent memory and at the risk of sounding trite, the whole show is #selfie worthy and feels unforgettably relevant. This artnerd purchased herself one of the several beautiful artist monographs from the front desk and was pleasantly surprised to learn of many mega-public art projects by Kapoor all over the world, all breathtaking, all more impressive than “The Bean.”

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William Binnie at Paul Loya Gallery
2677 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Up through end of February, http://paulloyagallery.com/
Still one of the best kept secrets on S La Cienega Blvd, PLG is quickly approaching its two year anniversary and continually demonstrating he’s is all about the artists. The solo exhibition up right now by William Binnie features smart, compelling works of riots and protest scenes from various newspaper clippings around the world. I’m personally fascinated by the unexpected levity and interplay between Binnie’s use of soft organic materials like denim (as canvas) and harsh chemicals like bleach to create these politically loaded scenes. Binnie created these works at the prestigious Robert Rauschenberg residency and is a finalist for the Artpace residency and the Hunting Art Prize.

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Stagecraft by Farrah Karapetian at Von Lintel Gallery
2685 S. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Up through February 28, 2015, http://vonlintel.com/
This show has a fascinating physical presence with an actual drum set installed in the gallery space amidst various of silhouetted color field photographs. The artist is using a interesting photogram / photographic process combined with a strong conceptual art practice. According to the gallery PR, “The object in Karapetian’s practice is often a “constructed negative” – transparent in either material (cymbals cast in glass) or form (the armature of a drum kit) – fabricated by the artist and exhibited as sculpture, challenging the notion that a negative is merely a means to an end.” All resulting in an elegant, playful and serendipitous art viewing experience.

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Miri Chais at Shulamit Gallery’s Project Space
17 North Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Up through March 2015, http://shulamitgallery.com/
Miri Chais is one of my favorite artists in Los Angeles, her work is complicated, unexpected, and unpacks many concepts seen in the Post-Internet art movement. We Are Hollow Men is a follow-up from Chais’ recent solo exhibition Re: Mind at the USC Fisher Museum last fall. This show features several recurring themes in Chais’ work that explore the pervasive effects of technology on contemporary society. Interestingly, the show’s title references T. S. Eliot’s famous poem, The Hollow Men, which eloquently articulates an anxiety shared during an earlier wave of society-altering technological modernization in between the two World Wars. The project space glimmers with prismatic sculpture, video projection on paintings, and a creepy computerized vocal soundtrack.

Trippy work by Miri Chais at @shulamitgallery #LAgalleryhop

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TROIKA at Kohn Gallery
1227 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Unfortunately this show might be down now but worth sharing, http://www.kohngallery.com/
TROIKA is a three person artist collective from Germany, this was their first solo exhibition in North America. “Cartography of Control questions a purely mathematical description of our world and suggests that just as different maps can share different information pertaining to the same territory, so can different forms of knowledge reflect a more truthful image about the material world.” Some of the more memorable works were the ‘Cartography of control’ (2014) series on paper created by real electricity and offering the viewer incredible details not often seen.

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