Mark Roeder's show at Michael Benevento is a history of California boosterism painted in black and white. He used sources ranging from 19th-century pamphlets to surfer blogs, and the paintings, which look like illustrations for a handmade coloring book, reference psychedelic rock, the Chumash tribe, the “Republic of California” bear flag and ocean sunsets. They're hung one on top of another, covering most of the wall space at Michael Benevento's main gallery, and when you run your eyes up and down the wall, it's hard not to search for throughlines, as if you're a detective trying to find clues to the real story. 7578 Sunset Blvd.; through March 1. (323) 874-6400, beneventolosangeles.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 25. Continues through March 1, 2014
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