Degrees of support
Artist John Burtle probably is less known for studio work than for the frequency with which he shows up for friends and does things with other people -- the "gallery" he had on his arm with different proposed designs tattooed into his skin, his work with free-ranging radio station KChung, the time he's spent volunteering at artist-run spaces. So the fact that "Support Constructs," his first show at Michael Benevento gallery, includes paintings and sculptures that hang on walls or sit on floors at first seems uncharacteristically conventional. But then you realize he's asking the same question he grapples with in other arenas: How does one thing support another in an interesting way? No canvas hangs on its frame in an obvious way. Sometimes Burtle applies paint to canvas piecemeal after peeling already-dry chips off a plastic sheet. Sometimes paint stands alone, like the thick, three-dimensional human heart made of acrylic, encased in a band of black and protruding from a back wall. 7578 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; through Dec. 21. (323) 874-6400, beneventolosangeles.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 16. Continues through Dec. 21, 2013
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