No beating around the bush
Alexis Smith's collage Don't Feel Like the Lone Ranger is in a quaint, tastefully old-fashioned wood frame with a plaid border inside. At its center is a wistful, vintage image of a cowboy on horseback, gun in hand, overlapped by another vintage illustration of a boy happily riding a carousel and adopting a cowboy's pose. Smith affixed a real plastic gun over the boy's hand, huge in comparison to him, and a crumpled pack of Marlboro cigarettes over the carousel horse's head. Orange letters below the boy read: "Things were simpler then. There were the good guys and the bad guys and the good guys always won." It's not subtle, Smith's critique. Nothing is in this, her first solo show at Honor Fraser gallery -- she belonged to now-closed Margo Leavin for years -- but her straightforwardness turns nostalgia inside out. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through July 27. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 8. Continues through July 27, 2013
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