In a sense, the visual output of Gordy Grundy's art studio is but one aspect of a much larger creative practice, one that also includes writing serial short stories in the guise of art magazine columns, graphics and accoutrement designing in the service of a good-luck cult of his own founding, and a way of inhabiting his public personae that sometimes borders on performance art. Like a mash-up of Jay Gatsby, Hunter S. Thompson, Dean Martin and Leroy Neiman, Grundy has cut a wide, seersuckered and slightly tipsy swath through the cabanas, galleries and most glamorous dives L.A. has to offer. But this Friday the 13th, it's finally time to stop and smell the gin blossoms, as Coagula Curatorial hosts the latest in its summer-of-art mini-shows, the retrospective exhibition "Gordy Grundy: Burn," in which the artist presents the sum of all his visual efforts in a one-night happening where more than 200 paintings, works on paper, monoprints and etchings survey an active and busy life in the arts. Highlights include selections from Fortuna, his original luck-based merchandise religion, and the utilitarian romance of his Gordy Recommends paintings, in which classically rendered portraits and landscapes are obscured by the application of thematically related cocktail recipes. Coagula Curatorial, 977 Chung King Road, Chinatown; Fri., July 13, 8-11 p.m.; free. (213) 620-1569; coagulacuratorial.com.
Fri., July 13, 8 p.m., 2012