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Raven's installation at the Hammer; Credit: PHOTO BY BRIAN FORREST

Lucy Raven Turns Test Patterns Into Art, at the Hammer Museum

The first test patterns I ever saw were slapsticky meta-jokes mixed into after-school cartoons. Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck might walk off frame and into one. Or they appeared as dated references in movies made before I was born, archaic technologies of a visual analog past. I have a vague......
Pornography and other items collected by Leigh Ledare comprise his Double Bind at the Box.; Credit: PHOTO BY FREDRIK NILSEN

Leigh Ledare at the Box, Michel Auder at Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Neither Leigh Ledare nor Michel Auder makes art for the complacent. With current exhibitions on opposite sides of the city, the two artists use reality — often their own lives — to subtly creep through desire and fantasies, the instability of meaning and the permeability between the fictional and the......

Mono-ha, the Japanese "School of Things," at Blum & Poe

Down on La Cienega Boulevard, things hang in the balance. Held aloft by a single wire, a 14-foot metal I-beam stands delicately balanced on its corner. A giant granite stone nearby perches atop a steel tower. Things are melting and oozing, stacked and cracked, stretched taut and left to dry......
Yoshua Okon's video at the Hammer Museum had soldiers-turned-construction workers performing military drills in a Home Depot parking lot.; Credit: PHOTO COURTESY YOSHUA OKON

Pacific Standard Time to Night Gallery: The Year in L.A. Art

This past year, Los Angeles has been haunted by dreams of itself. For years, I've passed the Olive Motel on Sunset in Silver Lake — such a strange stray dog of a building, eminently adoptable. I've thought of trying to buy it with nonexistent money to start businesses I have......
Watts Towers; Credit: JULIUS SHULMAN PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE. COPYRIGHT J. PAUL GETTY TRUST

Pacific Standard Time: Timeline 1945-1980

1945: Neapolitan immigrant Simon Rodia is midway through building the biggest, weirdest and least commercially viable sculpture in Los Angeles in the historically black neighborhood of Watts, the Watts Towers. Rumor has it that an alternate site was where the Beverly Hilton is in Beverly Hills, which, some argue, would......