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Werewolf on the Harbor Freeway

As a kid, Mario Ybarra Jr. got good at "turning into a werewolf" the way Michael Jackson does in Thriller, throbbing, staggering and staring at his hands as they morph. Ybarra shot a psychedelically colored, fast-paced video of himself doing the werewolf act on the 110 South for "Double Feature," his new exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery. He also made two busts of himself as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and big, bold self-portraits of himself as the Invisible Man from the 1933 Universal Studios film, another childhood favorite. The show captures that sense of possibility you have when you dress up as a superhero as a kid and imagine all the things you'd do, and the lives you'd lead, if you could fly or disappear on a whim. Ybarra's not a kid anymore, of course, so the show feels bittersweet and a little dark, but not cynical. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd.; through Feb. 16. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Feb. 16, 2013

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