Avant-garde contemporary art house Regen Projects could not have made a more perfect choice for the first proper solo exhibition at its impressive new space than Abraham Cruzvillegas: Autodestruccion 1. Born in Mexico but a relentless international traveler, Cruzvillegas mostly works in sculpture and installation, and frequently on a sprawling scale. Although he's also a painter and filmmaker, he is primarily motivated by a deep affection for recontextualizing found, quasi-industrial and commercial objects such as machine tools, soda bottles, shipping crates, denim and newspaper, fashioning them into biomorphic structures and room-filling, abstract cityscapes (which also contain his video, drawing and painting). Still, he’ll have his work cut out filling the white-box cathedral of the Michael Maltzan renovation itself something of a repurposed industrial object. The gallery's unusual location in a fringey part of town further suits Cruzvillegas' sensibility, in that he frequently speaks to the subculture of unincorporated communities and their innovative, outsider-flavored strategies for literally self-constructing neighborhoods from cast-off materials of nearby development. He also is in the habit of drawing direct inspiration from the music, art and culture of wherever he is working at the time in this case, Hollywood. He calls it Autoconstruccion, and it has to do with viewing one's surroundings as self-portraiture. It works on so many levels. Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sat., Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m.; exhibit runs Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Dec. 22; free. (310) 276-5424, regenprojects.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 3. Continues through Dec. 22, 2012