Friday, October 14, 2011

Mid-Wilshire Madness!

Two adjacent sculpture shows opening Saturday night promise untold riches! Sorry, I've been collaging photo captions from old National Geographics for the last 2 hours. I have bills to pay, you know! Seriously though, directly following Lee Lynch's triumphant debut at Steve Turner Gallery, his longtime cohort in Fireworks/Flugeldar Christian Cummings (also the co-initiator of Chain Letter) is occupying the same space with a group of his recent cast aluminum experiments, made in his home foundry using cast-off styrofoam and other commercial detritus to create his idiosyncratic updates on Eduardo Paolozzi's 3D collages.

Just down the street at Peter Mendenhall's gallery, Wayne Littlejohn -- one of the original Student Bolsheviks and a core figure in the Vegas art scene of the last two decades -- is showing his slick, exquisite fiberglass artifacts in his first LA solo show in some time. Finish Fetishistic craftsmanship collides with biomorphic abstraction and Buddhist iconography in a binge of glossy eye candy that dovetails neatly with the current renewal of interest in Ken Price, Craig Kaufman, Billy Al Bengston, early Judy Chicago.

Christian Herman Cummings - Beside My Self
Steve Turner Contemporary
6026 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
October 15 - November 12, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 15, 6 - 8PM

Wayne Littlejohn - Slippery
Peter Mendenhall Gallery
6150 Wilshire Boulevard, Space 8, Los Angeles, CA 90048
October 15, 2011 - November 12, 2011
Can't find a time for the opening, but I'll guess 6 - 9PM

Images: Wayne, Christian, Wayne, Christian. Details TK.

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