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by Madame G
October 28 through November 3
Nick Agid, the world's best etched-lead
poet, is gone, gone, gone. Agid's instantly recognizable word bytes on
oversized lead objects (pencils, dice, toy houses) are coveted by of their
owners. And have you heard the one about the putter? Agid was subjected to
a less-than-friendly departure from the Robert Berman Gallery following his
neglected solo show last December. Agid sublimated, and crafted an
hysterical faux golf putter shaped like a wiener into which the word
"Berman" was etched. Tom Patchett bought it for his permanent collection.
Laslo Nosek "Weapons & Pranic
Generators", at half a dozen rose, 6 Rose Ave., Venice, opens October 26.
The art work for this show is painting, drawing, and sculpture, and many of
the pieces have nebulous, ritual functions. The symbols draw on ancient
philosophy and modern conventions of representation, tempered by the
immediacy of the experienced moment. Immersing himself in the study of
Western and Eastern mystical traditions, Nosek resurrects the art of
describing reality. The ancient mystical sciences of Alchemy, Numerology,
Astrology and Kabbalah appear in his pieces, indicating startling
relationships to contemporary scientific "discovery".
As part of Nosek's exhibition, half a dozen rose will present a nighttime
performance by the artist on November 9 titled "Peruvian Exile, or The
Three Sons of Viracocha". Nosek recently returned from an extended visit to
South America, where he spent time at ancient Inca sites, such as Machu
Picchu and other sacred monuments. The performance addresses archeological,
mythical and political elements from this experience.
Paradee Chularee "Immortality", new
paintings at Fine Arts by Nuri, 7250
Melrose Ave. Suite #6. Striking totemic paintings on canvas that depict
embodiments of human and animal spirits. Elements of ritual African
masks and artifacts combine with stylized human forms to produce images
of startling sophistication and power. Thick, bright color--almost
sculptural--conveys the intensity of these fantastical subjects, and the
small size of many of the pieces increases their talismanic quality. The
exhibition is an intriguing example of lesser-shown artists who treat
many of the same issues as the always-shown artists but often from a
more intimate prespective.
Laurence Gartel at Cal State Long Beach
Fine Arts Lecture Series,
November 6 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall 151. Gartel uses technology to
create graphic arts, textiles, public art and public planning. He
describes himself as an "electronic photographer," and he uses digital
cameras and desktop software to compose and execute his images. His work
communicates through rhythm, color, liveliness, movement, pop, and
pixilation. Gartel's work firmly established the electronic branch of
contemporary photography as an expressive and valid art form.
"Beyond the Surreal World of Barbie and the
Dolls" at A Different Light Bookstore, 8853 Santa
Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. An art exhibition of erotic, punk and
sacrilegious Barbie assemblages by
Kari French, and several other artists participating in a loose group show
of painting, sculpture and illustration. This is the perfect sort of
exhibition for people who are prepared to escape the pristine white box and
play art where it lays. The work is self-consciously rebellious and glowing
in adolescent self-amusement.