A rendering artist Vincent Lamouroux made of his Projection project on Sunset
A rendering artist Vincent Lamouroux made of his Projection project on Sunset
Courtesy of the artist and Please Do Not Enter

5 Free Art Shows You Should See in L.A. This Week

This week, a derelict hotel in Silver Lake gets completely whitewashed, and performance artists stage a spy thriller at LACMA.

5. Dirty scenes on pillow cases
Artist Max Maslansky has a distinctive way of painting that’s part carnival-esque and part ethereal. His images, often sexual and/or dirty in content, are on thin, unprimed linens (bedsheets, pillow cases), and the colors bleed together. In "Jouissance," his current show at Honor Fraser, for instance, you might find yourself looking at an awkward, explicit S&M scene while thinking about how bright and airy it all feels. 2622 S. La Cienega, Culver City; through May 16. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com

Max Maslansky's Smoking (Half-twin bed) (2015)
Max Maslansky's Smoking (Half-twin bed) (2015)
Photo by Brian Forrest. Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.
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4. Making art for a pit
The Pit in Glendale got its name because there’s a pit in the gallery’s floor, and even though most shows are organized by outside curators, that pit in the floor seems to be an across-the-board preoccupation. For “The Elegant Universe,” curated by Gladys-Katherina Hernando, Rod Fahmian turned the pit into a serious-looking, gray minimal rectangle with a metal rod protruding from it. In the corner, Olivia Booth used a rod in a different way, as a hanger for casual paintings on sheets of bent glass. 918 Ruberta Ave., through May 24. (916) 849-2126, 

3. Real-life Psycho hotel 
The Bates Motel in Silver Lake got its name because it’s so much like the hotel in Hitchcock’s Psycho. (Its actual name was the Sunset Pacific Motel.) A 2002 L.A. Times article referred to it as “one of the city's most dangerous properties.” It's been derelict for a few years, but now French artist Vincent Lamouroux is turning it into an installation, turning the façade and the billboard and trees out front all perfectly white with lime wash. It’s set to be completed for the public opening on April 26. 4301 Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Sun., April 26, 3-8 p.m. projectionla.org.

My Barbarian Double Agency (2015)EXPAND
My Barbarian Double Agency (2015)
Courtesy LACMA

2. Museum mystery
Double Agency, the performance that artist troupe My Barbarian is staging in commemoration of LACMA’s 50th birthday, is supposed to be somewhat like a spy thriller. It happens all around the Broad Contemporary building, and performers will shift identities and don masks as they guide the audience through the museum’s collection. There most likely will be song and dance — My Barbarian usually can’t resist nerdy musical acts — and comedic pokes at the culture of big institutions. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., April 28, 7:30 p.m.; RSVP required. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org.

1. Marx is gone
The work in Amsterdam-based Colombian artist Milena Bonilla’s Mistake Room show, “Low-Intensity Operation,” is almost all about elusive subjects, or about what you find when you seek out the strange aftereffects of political decisions. Her film Stone Deaf was made in a London cemetery where the remains of Karl Marx once were — the British Communist Party commissioned the relocation of the remains in 1954. An army of ants crawls over the weathered stone, which torturously explains how Marx and family have been moved. 1811 E. 20th St., downtown; through June 13. (213) 749-1200, tmr.la

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