Meleko Mokgosi's photographic scenes from post-colonial Africa, painted in oil on raw canvas, can sometimes be so stately and well-proportioned that you take their weirdness for granted. That's why the best moments in Mokgosi's new show at Honor Fraser are the ones where images collide and pile up: a choir singing in black robes against a black background, butting up against an upside-down man in a tux and a soldier on a horse, and an also upside-down, all-but-naked man in a tribal headdress. In such collisions, the figures, each self-contained and beautifully rendered, seem as unable to unravel the weird story they're caught up in as we are. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; through July 27. (310) 837-0191,

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 19. Continues through May 31, 2014
(Expired: 05/31/14)

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