Many artists keep journals, generating voluminous notebooks that evolve into marvelous compendiums of drawings, notes, doodles, photographs, collages and artifacts. But not everyone has the source material or feral imagination of Frank Ockenfels 3. His raw and romantic, punk-inflected effusion of embellishments frequently augments compelling portraits made over the past few decades during his acclaimed work as a celebrity and editorial photographer for Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue and so on. His new exhibition Volume 3 opens this week at Fahey/Klein and is accompanied by the artist’s first monograph — and what promises to be a memorable opening night.

Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea, Mid-Wilshire; opening reception: Thu., Dec. 5, 7-9 p.m.;  book signing: Sat., Dec. 7, 2-4 p.m.; exhibition through Jan. 11; free.

Frank Ockenfels 3 , 10, I Won, Michael (Courtesy of Fahey/Klein)

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