Nicola Tyson at Marc Foxx Gallery
The English artist Nicola Tysons first solo show in Los Angeles features paintings of abstracted figures, some bound or with severed limbs, some dancing or holding Eraserhead-ish babies. Reminiscent of Francis Bacon, or even Edvard Munch, Tysons subjects seem to spring from her subconscious, and like David Lynch, her horror is purely psychological and eerily familiar. While many are haunting, there is something incredibly romantic and even joyful about these paintings that has everything to do with her palette and her dedication to drawing. The gallery has taken over the space next door to show the small graphite drawings that are the crux of her practice: Each painting begins with charcoal on canvas. While it may seem trivial, its also quite refreshing to see some paintings with titles, for Gods sake; one of a hanging hunchback with his blue toes pointed and just reaching the floor is called, simply and lovingly, Tip Toe.
6150 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. | www.marcfoxx.com | (323) 857-5571 | Through April 14
Charline von Heyls Small Paintings at 1301 PE
The paintings in this show by N.Y.-based painter Charline von Heyl are characteristically bold and abstract, although much smaller than her usual works (as suggested by the shows title). Each painting is radically different, as if von Heyl sets up a unique set of rules for every canvas. Im a fan of the heavy patterning that Ive seen in her other works, and there is only one this show, but its a beauty with turquoise diamonds swarming on a white ground with canary-yellow stripes. Be sure not to miss the secret gem thats tucked in the office. Its rich emerald and translucent black seemed to incorporate an entirely different logic, and it needed a little room to breathe on its own.
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6150 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. | www.1301PE.com | (323) 938-5122 | Through May 12