Regen Projects, a gallery that has been based out of leased West Hollywood buildings since 1989, opened its immaculate new space off the corner of Highland and Santa Monica last weekend. The inaugural show includes work by each artist on the gallery's roster, and half the works in the main gallery the thin, X-shaped arc Liz Larner sculpted from maple wood, or Willem de Rooij's real and fake flowers in a chest-high vase feel like gifts given in honor of the new space. But John Bock's installation in a small side gallery feels different. The room's floor is covered in blankets and weird, handmade artifacts, like colored cardboard goggles, and there's not much space to stand. The video that plays against the back wall, shot in Tokyo in 2011, is called Bauchhšhle bauchen, which means to "spread the abdominal cavity." In it, Bock wanders nighttime Tokyo streets and uses the various objects you see on the floor to perform operations that don't make much sense, like a stomach-turning experiment done in a white-walled boys bathroom. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd.; through Oct. 27. (310) 276-5424, regenprojects.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 22. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012
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