There's a hand-crafted replica of a jug of all-purpose cleaner in West Hollywood this week, and a convertible parked outside an eerie crime scene downtown.
5. Salon style
Vanity Projects, a salon based in New York, supports nail artists (as in manicurists) and video artists. They'll be offering complimentary manicures at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair at Barker Hangar Friday afternoon, and then hosting a screening they call “Girls, Girls, Girls.” The video artists featured, all women, include incisively smart, dark Keren Cytter, imaginatively neurotic Shana Moulton and epically ambitious Eve Sussman, who recast the Roman myth about the rape of the Sabine women as a 1960s-set musical. 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica; Fri., Jan. 31, noon-6 p.m., screening at 2 p.m. (323) 851-7530, artlosangelesfair.com.
4. While you were away
Artist Jonathon Hornedo had to sublet his studio from September through January while he worked odd jobs and lived with his mom. The subleaser, a certain Lee Martin, made art while Hornedo did not, as a release announcing one-day show “The Subleaser” explains. Art by Martin will be on view as Hornedo moves back into the studio. 1952 Clinton St., Echo Park; Feb. 1, all day. email@example.com.
3. Set adrift
The dining booth Joel Kyack installed alone in a dim room of François Ghebaly's new space doesn't move, but the light above the table and the painting behind the seats do, going back and forth, emulating the rocking of the sea. Everything in Kyack's show “Old Sailors Never Die” has a nautical theme – there's a boat upright on scaffolding, made to look like a face, with foam nose and tongue protruding out of its seats. It has the irreverent energy typical of Kyack, but in these big sculptures especially, the irreverence feels competent and unapologetic, like an old sailor who doesn't give a damn. 2245 E. Washington Blvd.; through March 8. (310) 280-0777, ghebaly.com.
2. Too much attention
Peter Fischli and David Weiss, collaborators referred to as Fischli/Weiss over the three decades they worked together, have always been outstandingly ambitious in their use of simple things. Their current show at Matthew Marks, begun before Weiss' 2012 death from cancer, looks like a studio that hasn't been sorted in a while – cigarette boxes, buckets, Tylenol bottles, cleaning supplies, work gloves lying in boxes. Then you realize it's all sculpted, made of polyurethane and hand-carved to shape, and that the Tylenol label, for instance, has been hand-painted. This compels you to pay closer attention to the details, which makes the closeness of the attention Fischli/Weiss must have paid all the more impressive. 1062 N. Orange Grove Ave.; through April 12. (323) 654-1830, matthewmarks.com.
1. Shut out the world
Samara Golden's installation at Night Gallery is called Mass Murder. Maybe it's the title that made me think of Merricat Blackwood, the child murderess in Shirley Jackson's novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, who lives in a regal house with the one sibling she didn't poison, realizing a perverse childish fantasy. She's shut out the world and kept only the cuddliest and shiniest things. Golden's installation, a multiroom haunted house lit like a discotheque, has a real red convertible parked outside its silver walls, many mirrors, lines of stuffed cats on counters, knives sticking out of a tabletop, an eerie soundtrack and multiple kitchen radios playing at once. Go alone if you can – it's better not to have anyone to talk to. 2276 E. 16th St.; through Feb. 21. (650) 384-5448, nightgallery.ca.
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