5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Psychedelic Light Shows

Tony Greene's Untitled (Ed) (1990).
Tony Greene's Untitled (Ed) (1990).
Collection of Peter Norton.

One young artist projects psychedelic videos in Chinatown, while a group of older artists projects psychedelic videos in WeHo. 

5. Sell it on the cheap
Artist Julia Sherman has done a tag sale before, going into artists' studios and collecting the unsold or discarded work they don't know what to do with, or things that don't really align with their interests anymore. She then assembled a sale that she refers to as a "collective purge," which is "part personal therapy." She organized a tag sale in cooperation with Project X, the publisher of the journal X-TRA, which includes art and ephemera from local artists and curators such as Akina Cox, Lauren Mackler and Mariah Garnett. (Everything costs $50 or under and proceeds benefit the artists). 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock; Saturday, June 28, 10-3 p.m. (323) 226-1617,

4. From decay to dancing hearts
In Michael Thibault Gallery's first room, melted wax from artist Kelly Akashi's sculpture is on the floor, as is a flattened, cast-aluminum backpack by JPW3 (aka Patrick Walsh). It's all decay and grayness until the second room, where there are paintings by Tisch Abelow of black and red hearts with legs, arms and gloved hands sliding around colored backgrounds. The contrast, and Abelow's work, is delightful in a low-key way. 3311 W. Washington Blvd., Arlington Heights; through July 3. (323) 487-1644,

3. Ancestors from space
Jeepneys is an artist and musician who chose her name because her grandparents used to run a jeepney business in the Philippines, sprucing up abandoned army jeeps and using them as taxis and buses. Her video work, psychedelic and full of quirks that resemble computer glitches, usually has eerie soundtracks, and she often collaborates with friends. She's debuting an experimental opera, which involves invoking ancestral memories from "earth and outer space," at Human Resources, and consists of a multicolored, immersive video installation she composed with artist Lionel Williams. There also will be food, DJs and live music. 410 Cottage Home St., Chinatown; Saturday, June 28, doors at 8 p.m. (213) 290-4752;

2. What happens at the commune
The members of the Single Wing Turquoise Bird collective met at the Hog Farm, a hippie commune in Tujunga, and started doing live video and light shows to accompany rock concerts in 1968. They'd use projectors and mirrors to overlay still and moving images. They've reassembled a few times in the years since, and their current installation at Paul Young's mirror-filled, low-lit Pacific Design Center space is totally immersive. New work by the members appears alongside older work, and everywhere you turn there's compelling, trippy imagery and ethereal sounds. Young Projects at the Pacific Design Center, Space B210, 8687 Melrose Ave., W. Hlywd.; through Aug. 9. (323) 377-1102;

1. Making minimalism more body-conscious
Artist Tony Greene made all his work between his 1987 CalArts graduation and his 1990 death from AIDS-related complications. In his paintings, he walks this fine line between control and excess: carefully calculated rectangles surrounding yellowed images of body parts, which have been accented with cream- and rust-colored lettering that's garishly rustic. They're hanging in midcentury architect Rudolf Schindler's Kings Road House now, and they're perfect there, against the smooth, minimal concrete walls. The house gives the paintings all the seriousness they deserve, while the paintings make the house more human. 835 N. Kings Road, W. Hlywd; through Sept. 7. (323) 651-1510,

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Mak Center for Art and Architecture

835 N. Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Human Resources

410 Cottage Home St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012



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