Marc-Olivier Wahler did title “LOST (in L.A.),” his group exhibition of French and L.A. artists at Barnsdall Park, after the television show Lost but not because it was necessarily a good show. He chose the title more because the way in which the show dragged viewers into a fantasy world, tried to collapse time and space, and then ultimately ended up a disappointment seemed to resonate a lot with artists he spoke with. The best art in the exhibition, on view at Barnsdall Park, wanders just far enough into the ether of imagination that it leaves you confused. One of the kitschy religious illustrations in Jim Shaw's Didactic Art installations shows a grown-up Jesus staring reverently down at his baby self, while the staff in his hand looks like it's pierced through the baby's torso. Camille Henrot's video King Kong Addition meshes the original 1933 film King Kong with the 1976 and 2005 versions. It's like watching a fantasy of a fantasy. 4800 Hollywood Blvd.; through Jan. 27. (323) 660-4254, flaxfoundation.org.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 1. Continues through Jan. 27, 2012
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