Fake countertops don't have to stay in the kitchen

Few materials are weirder and tackier than kitchen laminate, the kind you put on countertops to give them that faux-something look. London-based artist Steven Claydon uses laminate liberally in his new show at David Kordansky Gallery. He uses greenish and brown varieties on his frames and pedestals, and its smooth, new surfaces suggest the kind of luxury purportedly offered by bland new housing developments. The show's other objects and images -- drawings of cartoon fish, a chrome relief of a lion with devil horns, the bright yellow bust of a Greek philosopher -- are similarly tacky yet seductive in that way smooth new things are. 3143 S. La Cienega Blvd., Unit A; through June 22. (310) 558-3030, davidkordanskygallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 27. Continues through June 22, 2013


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