Artists breed artists in the bedroom as well as in the classroom, and Los Angeles boasts its own painterly dynasties. “All in the Family” traces four local lineages, reintroducing stalwarts of the scene and their brood. Ann Thornycroft shows fitfully these days, so it’s good to see her limpid cubo-geometries on the wall again — across from the similarly intricate, but more line- and landscape-oriented, paintings of her daughter Ariel Dill and the instantly recognizable planar reliefs of Ariel’s dad, Laddie John. Likewise, finish/fetish stalwart Norman Zammitt seems assured enough by son Eric’s maintenance of the resin-painting tradition to give it up himself and turn to spare self-portrait drawings. Andy Moses has hit his stride with iridescent color fields rendered in waves, while his old man, Ed, keeps coming up with painterly surprises — none more startling than the tight, blocky and powerful abstractions here. And while Ed Ruscha checks in with a digital print, Eddie Ruscha trumps with a multicolored ink drawing of psychedelic intricacy and intensity. Talk about Ed trips.
Also trippy are the ’toon paintings of pocha-rican princess Isis Rodriguez, part tattoo, part animé, part Chicano graffiti, part fuselage pinup, part head Komix and part Bad Girl© doll — for starters. With such an array of sources, Rodriguez’s newbrow-nookie fetishism is more than babealicious queso; it goofs on its influences and on their audiences, confounds the insider-outsider distinction, and boils over into knowing neo-Pop confection.
“All in the Family” at George Billis, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Sept. 2. (310) 838-3685. “Glyphtoons” at Patricia Correia, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Sept. 9. (310) 264-1760.
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