Four Surrealists of the Apocalypse
Robbie Conal is one of the great political illustrators of our time, an activist artist who has used his trademark portrait style and razor wit to expose the most egregious hypocrisies around. But first and foremost, he's an innovative and fearless painter, inspiring teacher and, increasingly, a curator with a smartly skewed perspective on L.A.'s visual landscape. Conal has put together "Fever Dreams," a show of recent work by himself and three of his most surrealistic cohorts. It's the kind of show where "reality" is referred to in quotes, and much is made of how the cloud of smog and pop-culture flotsam that fills our lungs, eyes and minds has infected us all -- and now we're running a temperature. Starting with his own series of photo-based paintings inspired by the oil-slick panoramas of polluted sunset skies, Conal adds Mark Licari's erratic, expressive lines and cheeky, psychedelic take on beer bottles and bedsheets and other mundane features of our surroundings. Stas Orlovski creates drawn animations that blend elements of nature with memories of our haunted collective unconscious; and Amir H. Fallah's surrealistic compositions feature vibrating palettes and assemblies of figures, props and occasional texts that blow straight into the dreaming mind of the latter-day daytripper. Koplin Del Rio, 6031 Washington Blvd., Culver City; Sat., July 13, 5-7 p.m.; runs Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., through Aug. 24; free. (310) 836-9055, koplindelrio.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 6. Continues through Aug. 24, 2013
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