Artist Samara Golden's tin-foil and tissue-paper cat, called Gate Keeper, stands guard at the entrance to “The New Now,” a seven-person show at Carter & Citizen in Culver City. It has a casually menacing pose, like those gremlins and goblins that perch on ledges of Notre Dame Cathedral. But Golden's Gate Keeper is glittery purple with drips of paint and resin rolling down its limbs, and it's sitting on a pile of nuts and craisins. So it's a flimsy take on something severe and heavy, which is what the best art in this show does: Reverses the value scale so that important things seem unimportant and vice versa. 2648 La Cienega Ave.; through Feb. 9. (213) 359-2504,

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through Feb. 9, 2013

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