Closing this Saturday: Awesome Abstract Works at Durden and Ray; Wild Imagination in Mixed Media at KP Projects

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Above from Antipodal at Durden and Ray, work by Fran O’Neill

Two terrific shows are closing this weekend, at Durden and Ray in DTLA, and at KP Projects both in their mid-city gallery location and Chinatown pop-up space.

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Above, work by curator Max Presneill at Durden and Ray

At Durden and Ray, a vibrant array of abstract art bridges the many miles between Los Angeles and Australia, with Antipodal. The exhibition features works from both parts of the world Curated by Max Presneill and Chris Trueman, the show features work by artists Marcus Boelen, Jonni Cheatwood, Abby Goldstein, Elizabeth Gilfilen, Carlson Hatton, Max Manning, Fran O’Neill, Max Presneill, Bryan Ricci, Kimberly Rowe, Tom Savage, Emily Silver, Paul Weiner.

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Above, American artist Kimberly Rowe with her work “Pick Me Up,” a deliciously layered work.

The show provides a global take on abstraction; viewers can judge for themselves whether the art form transcends all boundaries or if the works differ by continent. The artists have in common that they are all represented by TWFINEART in Brisbane, Australia.  The title may say it all: antipodal can be defined as “relating to or situated on the opposite side of the earth.”

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Works bring the viewer to images that evoke both land and sea. Rich, dense, and vivid, the exhibition literally and figuratively fills the exhibit space with light and color.

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Above, Elizabeth Gilfilen at Durden and Ray.

From the abstract to the surreal…

At KP Projects, both the Chinatown pop up location near the now-defunct Hop Louie restaurant, and the La Brea Gallery feature works by Victor Castillo and Scott Hove.

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Hove’s installation gives viewers their cake but they can’t eat it, although the visually voracious can take a big bite of the artist’s cake-themed installations. In Chinatown, an immersive “Pentagon Cake Infinity Chamber,” above, brings viewers inside a mirrored cake; while his multi-media works at the La Brea main gallery include a bed, a gun, a chandelier – none of which, if you were not familiar with Hove’s work – you will have seen in this form.

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Above, gallerists at work; below performance as part of the opening art

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In many cases, you will be less inclined to want to take a bite of these sculptural confections than you will be a bit edgy that the works will come alive and take a bite out of you. The Chinatown pop-up, Last Ticket for the Beauty Train has as its centerpiece a pentagon shaped infinity chamber,  with tiered cake sculptures and disco ball; and an altar of bones and flowers. Oh how soon the beauty is devoured. The center piece of the larger exhibition on La Brea is a bed, which on opening night had lithesome ladies dressing around it and at a vanity. This is where you fall asleep, perchance to dream a confectionary seductive nightmare. Hove never ceases to engage, enthrall, and seduce with his work  – work which seems entwined in Los Angeles culture.

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Victor Castillo’s Broken Hearts is likewise compelling, the Chilean pop-surrealist offers cartoon fairytale images with an exposed dark underbelly.

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Alas, poor Mickey.

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Both shows close this weekend – so hurry up and go!

KP Projects is at 170 S. La Brea in mid-city; the pop-up exhibition is in Chinatown, on the plaza.

Durden and Ray is located at 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave. in DTLA.

  • Genie Davis; photos: Genie Davis and courtesy of KP Projects.

Think Tank Gallery: Break Bread

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At “Break Bread” a not-quite-edible art installation located in the 7,000-square-foot Think Tank Gallery on the edge of the garment district, “let them eat cake” is a misnomer. Rather, taking in the vast cake maze and candied light fixtures, the finely wrought food paintings, and life-size cardboard truck – the work of artists Scott Hove and Baker’s Son – the proper phrase would be “let them SEE cake.”

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There’s a mirrored fun house of a maze with elaborate pink “cake” walls, crafted from paint and spackle and actual candy, which is the work of Hove,which also includes projected fire and rain in one portion of the maze.

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And at the opposite end of the maze, a creepy bone cave – that utilizes real bones.

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In another gallery space, there’s an urban street scene by Baker’s Son, a.k.a. Keith Magruder, who found inspiration in the treats of his youth and the loss of life on urban streets.

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Opening night also included Lagunitas brews, a vast array of delicious breads from chocolate mint to raspberry from Challah Hub, gourmet gummies from Sugarfina, and Brigs, short for brigadeiro, the rich Brazilian candy designed to represent a variety of celebrations.

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Don’t forget to look up!

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With machine guns, teeth, and high heels that look as lethal as any weapon, the exhibition expresses the dark underbelly of sugar coated American life.

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Break Bread runs through March 14th, and tickets are free on Eventbrite. Specific additional events from dinners to comedy nights are also available on Eventbrite for purchase. The exhibit itself is a must-see for both its kitschy appeal and dark underbelly, as well as its drool worthy art, and its sensual heft. When you walk into the installation, the first thing you’ll see is a glowing bed.

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Perhaps you can have your cake, and eat it too. (puns intended)

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  • Genie Davis, all photos by Jack Burke