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Gifford Myers; Tom Eatherton 

Uncommon Views

Wednesday, Feb 13 2008

Given his fertile mind (not to mention sure hand), Gifford Myers doesn't show enough in Los Angeles. The works in his latest sculptural series — fabricated in good finish/fetish fashion from automotive paint on (or in) resin — are as simply drawn as they are provocatively conceived. Their M&M colors aside, many convey a sly erotic charge in their oblique imitations of intimate areas of the human body. Starting with navels from 2005 and working his way up — sorry, down — since, Myers has formulated several very sexy, funny objects. These are interspersed with some equally eccentric conjurations that riff on rather more innocent sources: hats, umbrellas, that kind of thing. Actually, no one Myers object can be identified with a single source — and that's part of his genial magic. Not all Myers hews is with a leer — but with a wink, yes. (Don't miss Tad Wiley's similarly elegant abstract paintings in the back.) Lora Schlesinger Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., No. T3, Santa Monica; Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; thru Feb. 16. (310) 828-1133.

Gifford Myers, Object/Stormy Weather (2005)

Another veteran local magician, Tom Eatherton, also exhibits too rarely in his hometown. Eatherton's latest installation creates a shallow, recessed room of two scrims stretched at an obtuse angle, behind each of which a light flickers furiously between bright red and bright blue — blue behind one plane, red behind the other, and then reversed, at strobe-light speed. It hurts so good. More restful are the smaller light pieces in back, the most alluring (and latest) of which sets a pale white orb somewhere in the depths of a black hole. Cardwell Jimmerson, 8568 Washington Blvd., Culver City; Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; thru Feb. 23. (310) 815-1100.

click to enlarge Gifford Myers, Object/Stormy Weather (2005)
  • Gifford Myers, Object/Stormy Weather (2005)

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