A month ago, I had never heard of them, and now it seems as if Romanian twin brothers Gert & Uwe Tobias are everywhere, with three simultaneous exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Happy Lion Gallery and Lightbox. Playing with Transylvanian myth and modernist forms, the artists show vastly different yet closely related works in each space. The colored woodcuts, as well as sculpture and ceramics, at the Hammer evoke a more 1960s folk feel. They give way to their more gothic tendencies at Happy Lion, which features darker, more expressionistic drawings as well as paintings of ghoulish creatures. Lightbox has one piece titled C, comprising 29 drawings — made on an old German typewriter — of ships, bats and bell towers. It’s unclear as to who is responsible for what elements, but the Tobias’ is clearly an intertwined practice and perhaps even part of a secret sibling language.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. | (310) 443-7000 | www.hammer.ucla.edu | Through January 14, 2007
The Happy Lion, 963 Chung King Road, L.A. | (213) 625-1360 | www.thehappylion.com | Through October 14
Lightbox, 2656 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. | (310) 559-1111 | www.lightbox.tv | Through October 14