Victoria Reynolds best known for taking a carnivorous delight in paintings of an impressive variety of raw meats, but in her new show, Flesh to Flora at Richard Heller Gallery, the perennially unsqueamish Reynolds has gone vegan. Her latest exhibition is all produce-aisle sass, but she doesn't need meat to get juicy. The paintings recall Archimbaldo's slightly repulsive masterpieces in which gnarled faces were constructed out of inventive assemblies of foodstuffs, but with a looser, modern style of quasi-abstraction that is more serious than her sauce-drenched subject matter might suggest. Bergamot Station B-5A; thru March 19; 5-7 p.m.; (310) 453-9191.
Ann McCoy: The Alchemist of Pfaueninsel at Caporale/Bleicher presents the work of an artist on her own journey of transformation. She's been off studying the ways in which the world can't help but change — on the occasion of her return to LA after 30 years. While not directly referencing her eating policies, McCoy's work is deeply personal in other important ways. A student of psychoanalysis and especially dream study, McCoy's intimate works are fraught with symbolism and artifacts from her tourism in the wild lands of consciousness. 355 N. La Brea Ave.; thru March 7; 6-10 p.m. (323) 545-6018.
The scavenger hunt for clues to the personality continues with Laurie Frick: Sleep Patterns at Edward Cella Art & Architecture. The links to neuroscience are entirely explicit in Frick's large-scale sculptural constructions, which use individual objects as elements in an epic charting of human dream-time brain function. 6018 Wilshire Blvd.; thru April 2; 6-8 p.m. (323) 525-0053.
Finally, the two-part curatorial dialogue If These Walls Could Talk: A Conversation at Marine, which continues at Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown on February 19, also charts aspects of self-awareness, as a group of artists including Sandow Birk, William Powhida, Jow, and Ray Pettibon were invited to contribute one or more new works addressing their personal perception of the art world and their role within it — a setup echoed in the crosstown collaboration between its curators. Venice location given with RSVP; thru April 9; 6-9 p.m.; (310)-399-0294.
Dream or nightmare, all this self-reflection is enough to make a girl crave comfort food and a lullaby.

Sat., Feb. 12, 2011

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