Funny but not too funny 

Thursday, Sep 6 2012
Margo Leavin Gallery will close this fall, after 42 years in business. Its final show, called "Arctic Summer," gets at that cool, pared-down approach the gallery and its artists have always taken to humor. The first room feels like kindergarten, with Larry Johnson's version of the ABCs, each letter dripping ink as though melting, on the wall; and Sol LeWitt's slick, white building blocks laid out on the floor like a minimalist fantasy city. William Leavitt's 1970 piece, Wind Sound, is installed in another room. On a pedestal against one wall, there's a radio transmitter Leavitt built, using a Radio Shack kit. The transmitter sends stock recordings of blowing wind to a radio on another wall, which broadcasts the sound. Even if you think you're just hearing static, if you're in that room, you're actually hearing the wind as it's passing by. 812 N. Robertson Blvd., W. Hlywd; through Sept. 15. (310) 273-0603, margoleavingallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 31. Continues through Sept. 15, 2012
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