There's a maze of ladders off of La Brea and fantastic, surprisingly funny paintings by an old-school L.A. artist in Hollywood.
5. Post-Its for the Internet
Hans-Ulrich Obrist, the globetrotting Swiss curator, has nearly 42,000 Instagram followers. Mostly he posts photos of sticky notes written or drawn on by people he meets. In one, Mexican artist Adriana Lara wrote an anagram on a red note: “Dyslexia DailySex.” Obrist will be in L.A., at the Million Dollar Theatre for an “Instagram Mini-Marathon,” which means he’ll be talking to artists about using social media and probably projecting images of varied accounts onto the big screen. 307 S. Broadway, dwntwn.; Saturday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.; $10. firstname.lastname@example.org, foryourart.com.
4. Touching the art
Casey Jane Ellison, an animation artist who’s really great at the eyebrow raise, hosts Ovation TV’s pithy new web series, Touching the Art. The six-minute first episode just launched and the panelists are photographer Cathy Opie, arts reporter Jori Finkel and Bettina Korek, who founded the organization ForYourArt. Ellison asks about popularity, celebrity and gender. Almost every time Opie speaks, she looks as if she’s fighting to keep a straight face. Opie on people who say, “My 4-year-old does it better”: “OK, yeah, but did your 4-year-old do it consistently through a 20-year practice of exploration?” Ongoing online. ovationtv.com/touching-the-art.
When painter Allison Schulnik makes clay-animation films, the scenery is just as drippy and viscous as the surfaces of her paintings but more fantastical. She has one video, Eager, in Rosamund Felsen Gallery’s current show, in which leaning creatures with long, ropey hair cut each other open and drape each other’s bodies over their backs, until there’s just one weighed-down creature wandering around. 2525 Michigan Ave., B4, Santa Monica; through Aug. 9. (310) 828-8488, rosamundfelsen.com.
2. Climbing mirrors
Glasgow-based Jim Lambie, whose sculptures have titles that sound like obscure rock bands (e.g., Metal Oyster, Shaved Ice), built a group of tall, colored ladders with double-sided mirrors between each rung. He first exhibited these at Glasgow’s Modern Institute; since Kayne Griffin Corcoran is exhibiting work from that institute, there’s now a room full of Lambie’s ladders there. They reach from floor to ceiling, and seeing your reflection coming at you from every which way between purple, green or pink rungs makes you feel as if you’re in a scene out of Alice in Wonderland. 1201 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City; through Aug. 30. (310) 586-6886, kaynegriffincorcoran.com.
1. That might be Jesus
If you know painter Joe Goode, who road-tripped to L.A. from Oklahoma in 1959 to make his go as an artist, you probably know his drawings of torn paper or paintings of blue skies. They’re pretty nonchalant and usually modestly sized, so it’s surprising to see how big and majestic the new paintings in his "Flat Screen Nature" show at Kohn Gallery are. They’re two-tone expanses of color painted on sheets of fiberglass. Even though you could tumble right into those deep blues, Goode’s still not taking himself too seriously. Every piece has weirdly ragged edges and the titles are jokes: Honk if You See Jesus for one with a ghostly shape near the bottom, or Coming Attraction for one that looks like a big-screen sunset. 1227 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; through Aug. 29. kohngallery.com.
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