London-based Tariq Alvi has stacked multiple versions of the same image on the floor of “Deep, East, Real,” his show at Michael Benevento, each in different sizes: poster, business card and flier size. It's hard to tell whether the blown-out red shapes shown in the center are flowers or pepperoni discs, but it's clear that green leaves surround those bunches of red. For all of the prints in this show, the ones on the floor and the walls, Alvi superimposed nature photographs that he'd taken in his neighborhood over fliers that arrived through his mail slot. The ink and colors, kitschiness and realism bleed together in a way that makes these “extra value” and “lunch special” ads feel more as they do when you encounter them out in the world, stuck in a bush or lying on asphalt. 7578 Sunset Blvd., Hlywd.; through May 10. (323) 874-6400,

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 22. Continues through May 10, 2014
(Expired: 05/10/14)

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