Zach Harris' layered, chiseled, carved paintings look as if they could have been made by an obsessive hippie working out of a cabin in Topanga Canyon. They have to be seen in person, so you can lean in close, back away and lean in again. The nine paintings in Harris' new show at David Kordansky Gallery, "Echo Parked in a No Vex Cave," are each different enough to be surprising. In Sky Wig on a Painted Table
, a languid, large purple mountain, surrounded by a halo of gold, sits above smaller mountains. All around this scene, smooth vertical lines and grooves that look like stretched-out Superman shields have been cut into the white wood background. In Wheel in Picture Light/, Harris has painted a small sun with multicolored rays on top of loosely rendered stacks of mountains. It's precise and delicate enough to give you chills. 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through Aug. 17. (310) 558-3030, davidkordanskygallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 29. Continues through Aug. 17, 2013
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