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What Not to Miss: Los Angeles November Shows

This week, we bring you the top end-of-the-year shows in Los Angeles you won’t want to miss. On view now through the holidays, here’s what to see on the West Coast.

Eli Hansen’s “Not Right Now” at Anat Ebgi
November 4—December 16
“Not Right Now” is Eli Hansen’s fourth exhibition at Anat Ebgi, coinciding with a show by the artist at Team (bungalow) in Venice (on view through December 17). Two major sculptures make up the installation at Anat Ebgi, comprised of a colorful 400-pound chandelier of beakers and bulbs, suspended above a scattering of blown glass, driftwood, flasks, and pipettes. Seemingly scientific objects become decorative, obscuring function or purpose.

Eli Hansen Installation images for the Eli Hansen exhibition, “Not Right Now” at Anat Ebgi.

Jonas Wood’s “Interiors and Landscapes” at David Kordansky Gallery
November 3—December 16
Taking place across the gallery’s three spaces, “Interiors and Landscapes” includes 13 new paintings by Jonas Wood. The Los Angeles-based artist explores the genre of traditional landscapes and interiors through an individual style of composition, color, and pattern. Visual planes are disjointed, perspectives are shifted, and palettes are bold, resulting in a formal scene vibrating with underlying themes and a touch of humor.

Lynda Benglis at Blum & Poe
October 26–December 16, 2017
This is Lynda Benglis’ first solo show on the West Coast since her 2011 retrospective at LA MOCA. The exhibition presents a variety of work from the past 30 years, over the gallery’s two levels and outdoor gardens. A leader of the Post Minimalism movement, Benglis creates sculptures known as “frozen gestures” in latex, wax, ceramics, paper, glass, neon, and more. Of note is the 11-foot phosphorescent cast polyurethane HILLS AND CLOUDS (2014).

Jack Pierson Jack Pierson
Plastic and metal
77 x 121 x 4 inches
© Jack Pierson, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles 

Jack Pierson at Regen Projects
November 11—December 22
The show of recent work by Jack Pierson is his ninth with Regen projects. On view are large-scale word sculptures created from salvaged commercial sign letters, collected over the years by Pierson. Individual in shape, color, and scale, the letters are composed into evocative phrases. Allusions to the American dream abound, in works like BROKE MISERABLE AND ALONEDUST AND DREAMS, and MANIFEST DESTINY.

Mel Davis’ “Meet Me in the Usual Place” at Honor Fraser
November 4—December 16
“Meet Me in the Usual Place” is an exhibition of new paintings by Mel Davis. The Berkely-based painter mixes mark making in this work—zig-zags with brush strokes and Matisse-like flora. The compositions reference her personal life as well as art history, like Bonnard’s 1910 The Red Checkered Tablecloth acting as a background for Lilies (2017). “Themes in the work can be described as interior/exterior. I use repetition, collage and drawing to allow intuition and mystery to present itself. I like when a painting can have many speeds, different vantage points, and several modes of thinking at once,” said Davis.

Jonas Wood Jonas Wood, “Interiors and Landscapes,” (November 3 – December 16, 2017), at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Installation view Photography by Brian Forrest
Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA




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