Walk-in rock

Patrick Painter Gallery has a number of Mike Kelley's photos, and it shows them from time to time, especially those great purple-ish stalagmite pictures the late artist took in the 1990s. But one I've never seen hanging is in the gallery's foyer right now. It's 5 feet wide and shows a building in the shape of a rock and manufactured to look like a rock on an overgrown lot along the Detroit River. It's autumn and there's a soft haze across the image. A figure lurks in the faux rock's doorway, seemingly hesitant to enter. The scene's entirely ordinary yet entirely alien, a combination that makes it haunting. 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; through Oct. 5. (310) 264-5988, patrickpainter.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Oct. 5, 2013

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