8687 Melrose Ave., B275
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Category: Art Galleries
Region: West Hollywood
The first time they visited the galleries in the "Blue Whale" the Pacific Design Center's big, blue main building artists Dennis Hoekstra and Noah Olmsted got lost in the maze of showrooms. They say they ended up in some sort of storeroom. That inspired them to think: What if the Design Center, often almost empty, were essentially a huge warehouse for supposedly avant-garde stuff? In Annie Wharton's blue building gallery, the two artists constructed a poorly lit, dusty corridor of carefully placed tools, siding, mirrors and other design detritus. It leads to a back room where boxed-up would-be sculptures scatter the floor, canvases covered in Styrofoam hang in a corner, and the recorded voice of a psychotherapist guides anyone who's listening toward mental relaxation. 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite b275, W. Hlywd.; through May 4. (310) 903-9566, anniewhartonlosangeles.com.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: March 20. Continues through May 4, 2012