The objects Katherine Bernhardt depicts in her quite large paintings at China Art Objects are so flat that they start to look more like letters, or symbols in a secret code. Probably, given the quirkiness of the flattened-out cigarettes and messiness of the Coke cans, they're code for joke telling. A leaning cigarette might mean “Raise your voice here.” A long one with drips means “Draw out your syllables and adopt a weepy tone.” 6086 Comey Ave., Mid-City; through Oct. 18. (323) 965-2264,

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