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ArtRx LA

by Hrag Vartanian on August 12, 2014

Tricia Lawless Murray Queen of Hearts -Courtesy of Jancar Gallery (via stephencohengallery.com)

Tricia Lawless Murray Queen of Hearts (image courtesy of Jancar Gallery, via stephencohengallery.com)

This week, cat-related art is popping up downtown, and there are a number of August gallery shows you shouldn’t miss, so we compiled some that we think are worth a trip.

 Another Cats Show

image1482683320When: Opening Saturday, August 16, 7–11pm
Where: 356 S. Mission Road (356 S. Mission Road, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Remember that Cat Show last summer at New York’s White Columns? Well, that catty display has inspired ANOTHER CAT SHOW, actually Another Cats Show.

Over 200 artists are taking part in this feline-inspired exhibition, and the opening will feature performances by Odwalla88, Dean Spunt, and Bebe Whypz.

The only thing that would make this better is if they turned this whole thing into a furries party — could happen.

 24/7 (Still Life) Remix

When: Continues through Saturday, August 30
Where: Stephen Cohen Gallery (7354 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, LA)

This group show aims to stir interest in the genre of the still life, revisiting “what was once regarded by the art world as the ‘lowest genre.'” With a focus on conceptual ideas over the physical beauty of an image, the exhibition presents a body of work that offers a fresh examination of the genre’s very definition.—CV

 Summer Group Show

When: Continues through Saturday, August 30
Where: 1301PE Gallery (6150 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, LA)

This summer group show is a big one, featuring 14 of the artists the gallery has represented. Expect the bold lettering of both John Baldessari and Rirkrit Tiravanija, textural works hovering between sculpture and painting by Jan Albers, immersive installations by Pae White, and much more.—CV

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg,  "Element from Ararat, Armenia, 2006," wall installation of gelatin silver prints and vinyl tex, 9 - 12 x 9.5 inch prints plus vinyl text (via galleryluisotti.com)

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Element from “Ararat, Armenia” (2006), wall installation of gelatin silver prints and vinyl tex, 9 – 12 x 9.5 inch prints plus vinyl text (via galleryluisotti.com)

 Sites of Memory

When: Continues through Saturday, September 6
Where: Gallery Luisotti (2525 Michigan Avenue, Building A2, Santa Monica)

The show currently on view at Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica finds its curatorial inspiration in historian Pierre Nora’s essay “Between Memory and History”:

Sites of memory are fundamentally remains, the ultimate embodiments of a memorial consciousness that has barely survived in a historical age that calls out for memory because it has abandoned it. They make their appearance by […] producing, manifesting, establishing, constructing, decreeing, and maintaining by artifice and by will a society deeply absorbed in its own transformation and renewal, one that inherently values the new over the ancient, the young over the old, the future over the past. Pierre Nora, 1989

The six artists in the exhibition — Lewis Baltz, John Divola, Christina Fernandez, Mark Ruwedel, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, and Catherine Wagner — fragment the worlds of their work, forcing viewers to speculate about structures both internal and invisible or imposing their force from beyond the frame. —AT

 Inaugural Exhibition

When: Continues through Saturday, August 23
Where: Gavlak Gallery (1034 N Highland Avenue, Hollywood, LA)

The prodigal daughter returns. Palm Beach art darling Sarah Gavlak is back on the LA art scene with the inaugural exhibition of her eponymous space, Gavlak Gallery. The group show arranged to christen the new, and much larger, space highlights some of the gallery’s most exciting artists, including Orly Genger, Jose Alvarez, and Simone Leigh. —AT

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With contributions by Zach Alan, Alix Taylor, and Claire Voon

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