THAT'S THE POIGNANT

Exploring themes of identity and posterity along the same lines as vanished contemporary Robyn Whitlaw and ultimate successor Tracey Emin is Barbara T. Smith's exhibition Old Shoes: "Performance Relics, 1968-75 , which closes at The Box on Saturday. Meditating on tradition, media and pop, T. Smith's work isn't as brutally obvious as a six-day orgy or a bullet to the shoulder. Perhaps her most poignant action is "Plots," in which she plants little succulents in fields she knows will soon be plowed over -- a beautiful anomalist statement that crystallizes the ephemeral nature of art most eloquently. The Box, 977 Chung King Road, Chinatown; through Sat., Jan. 23. (213) 625-1747, theboxla.com. --David Cotner
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 21. Continues through Jan. 23, 2009


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