Every one of the eight or so objects in “Symmetry” manifests the idea of symmetry in a different, yet easily perceived, manner. Ramifications and details may emerge slowly, but the fact that you get the basic reason why each object is here allows you to get to those more elusive factors. You clearly see, for instance, that Edgar Arceneaux’s drawing-collage on folded vellum attains a flipped architectural image; you go right into the image to determine what it is — in fact, the rather indelicate meeting of a moving vehicle and an unmoving building. Similarly, Brandon Lattu’s two photographs offer what seems to be a simple mirroring but reveal quickly that they are views from either side of the same structure, the overhang of a downtown now-closed movie theater. We instantly recognize Amy Sarkisian’s rug as Oriental and as phony, crafted from common yarn that obscures the detail for which such tapestries are prized; therein lies Sarkisian’s subversion. Similarly lucid, inviting work in media as diverse as video and wood by Patrick Hill, Stephanie Taylor, Sandeep Mukherjee (who incorporates the Schindler House’s own architecture), Sam Watters, and the team of Eddo Stern and Jessica Hutchins round out this intelligent roster. At the MAK Center, 835 N. Kings Road, W. Hlywd.; Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; thru May 21. (323) 651-1510.
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