Despite today's hyper-hybridized cultural landscape, in which categories of sensory experience ceaselessly interchange and interlock like Legos, merging text-based printmaking with avant-garde performance art still seems a stretch. But for Guy de Cointet, a giant of the international conceptualism scene of the 1960s and '70s, text was raw material for both serigraphs and serial performances. In “LA Existancial,” curator Marie de Brugerolle revisits the legacy of de Cointet's extended time living and working in L.A. — specifically the 1973 Cizeghoh Tur NDJMB print portfolio, which was invented here but produced in France. De Brugerolle has tapped a roster of international artists working in Los Angeles, Brazil, Spain and France, who, like de Cointet before them, find various forms of poetic, surrealistic narratives through which to explore the problematic and inspirational mythology of Hollywood as a site of mystery, crime, conspiracy and movie magic. In “LA Existancial,” “A drawing can be also a script; a mailed letter a map; a carpet a score; and a window blind a poem that can be sung.” Obsessed with what you might call “moving the story,” for these artists words, letters, syntax, isolated images, randomized actions and decontextualized objects operate on a continuum of ambiguity and comprehension in which everything is just language, and language is just a means to an end. LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; opening reception Wed., Jan. 16, 8-10 p.m.; exhibit runs thru March 3, Wed.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.; free. (323) 957-1777,

Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 16. Continues through March 3, 2013

LA Weekly