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Lost in the Blue Whale

The first time they visited the galleries in the "Blue Whale" — the Pacific Design Center's big, blue main building — artists Dennis Hoekstra and Noah Olmsted got lost in the maze of showrooms. They say they ended up in some sort of storeroom. That inspired them to think: What if the Design Center, often almost empty, were essentially a huge warehouse for supposedly avant-garde stuff? In Annie Wharton's blue building gallery, the two artists constructed a poorly lit, dusty corridor of carefully placed tools, siding, mirrors and other design detritus. It leads to a back room where boxed-up would-be sculptures scatter the floor, canvases covered in Styrofoam hang in a corner, and the recorded voice of a psychotherapist guides anyone who's listening toward mental relaxation. 8687 Melrose Ave., Suite b275, W. Hlywd.; through May 4. (310) 903-9566, anniewhartonlosangeles.com.
Mondays-Fridays. Starts: March 20. Continues through May 4, 2012

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