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Upside Down and Out

One of the best things about LACE is how huge its Hollywood Boulevard space is — able to accommodate multiple large-scale projects and performances at the same time, with inspired juxtapositions further complicating (in a good way) every aesthetic experience there. This time around, the panoply is decidedly multimedia, with a pair of shows, "Tad Beck and Jennifer Locke: Capsize" and "Natalie Bookchin: Now he's out in public and everyone can see," incorporating between them cross-platform elements from performance to sculpture, photography and both original and sourced video. "Capsize" is an installation-based piece with salient performance components, made as a collaboration between photographer Tad Beck, known for reimagining tropes of traditional Western art history through the lens of whimsical male eroticism, and Jennifer Locke, whose own investigations into depicting the body are designed to explore the shifts in spatial dynamics that result from the introduction of the voyeuristic camera. "Now he's out in public..." is an 18-channel video opus, in which the artist screens videos culled from Internet coverage, mainstream, viral and fringe, discussing scandals and crimes involving black men. As with her broader practice, the piece both shows and tells — its cacophony of simultaneous chatter and overlapping imagery replicates both the chaos of the Internet and the process of sorting through it looking for patterns and narrative threads, along the way revealing unsettling insights into what's really going on out there. LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Thurs., March 8, 8-10 p.m.; exhibits open Wed.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; thru April 15; free. (323) 957-1777. welcometolace.org.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 8. Continues through April 15, 2012

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