ArtRx LA

Max Maslansky, "Wade Nichols:20's Love scene",  acrylic on bed sheet fragment (via
Max Maslansky, “Wade Nichols:20’s Love scene”, acrylic on bed sheet fragment (via

This week we’ve got a Dada-inspired group show, an affordable art moving sale, a communal Jewish-Arab meal, colorful 1970s porno paintings, and more!

 Artificial Complexion

Charles Sheeler, The Baroness’s Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, c. 1920 (via
Charles Sheeler, The Baroness’s Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, c. 1920 (via

When: Opens Saturday, November 15, 6-8pm
Where: Various Small Fires (812 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles)

This group show, co-curated by Amy Yao, takes as its point of departure the work of early 20th-century Dadaist poet, artist and provocateur The Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. “Like the work of Freytag-Loringhoven,” the press release states, “the contemporary practices presented in this exhibition reveal a direct relationship and sensitive perception to the unfolding possibilities of found objects.”

Artists include Liz Craft, K8 Hardy, Alison Knowles, and Marie Karlberg who will be performing at 7pm. The VSF sound corridor will also feature seldom heard Dada and Fluxus sound pieces curated by Lucky Dragons’ Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara, and John Tain of the Getty Research Institute.

 Jacolby Satterwhite: How Lovely Is Me Being As I Am

Jacolby Satterwhite, En Plein Air: Abduction III, 2014 (via
Jacolby Satterwhite, En Plein Air: Abduction III, 2014 (via

When: Opens Saturday, November 15, 6-8pm
Where: OHWOW (937 N. La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, Los Angeles)

For his first exhibition at OHWOW, Jacolby Satterwhite drew inspiration from a single drawing by his mother, from which he also took the show’s affirmational title. He then extrapolated from this image to create a range of work from C-prints to sculpture to video, that present a surreal sci-fi narrative. “If minimalist works move to negate their author, the maximum use of visual language in How Lovely Is Me Being As I Am reaches to the other end of the spectrum, beyond the author, presenting a universal expression,” the show suggests.

From a specific, personal reference, Satterwhite conjures up a fantastical, universal vision.

 Renée Petropoulos & El Nopal PressFrom the United States to Mexico, From Mexico to the United States


When: Opens Saturday, November 15, 7-10pm
Where: Commonwealth & Council (3006 W 7th Street, Suite 220, Koreatown, Los Angeles)

This collaboration between artist and printmaker features seventeen prints made using a single plate, revealing the process used to make them. Also on view will be Petropoulous’ Sculpture for an Art Opening and a Fashion Show which will be just that when models wearing clothes designed by Cirilo Domine & Sandeep Mukherjee strut down it. A live sound mix by Greg Lenczycki including recordings of the models’ fitting sessions adds another layer of collaboration.

 LAXART Moving Sale

When: Saturday, November 15, 11am–6pm
Where: LA><ART (2640 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City, CA)

Culver City mainstay LAXART will be packing up and moving to Hollywood next month, but you can take a piece of them with you before they go. This Saturday, they’ll have limited edition works for sale by over twenty artists. Prices based on size range from $200 to $600, ensuring you won’t break the bank while supporting one of LA’s most important art nonprofits.

 Max Maslansky: The Edge of Night

When: Opens Saturday, November 15, 4–6pm
Where: Five Car Garage (contact gallery for address, Santa Monica)

Max Maslansky’s luminous paintings on bed sheets resemble wall hangings your hippie aunt might have furnished her bungalow with, except for the fact that they depict scenes evoking 1970s pornography. His upcoming show is based around the figure of Wade Nichols who got his start in gay porn with the 1975 film Boynapped!. He subsequently switched to straight adult films, recorded a disco album, and appeared on soap opera “The Edge of Night” before becoming stricken with AIDS in the early 1980s.

image courtesy of Orly Olivier (via
Arab Jewish culture in action, photo courtesy Orly Olivier (via

 Memories of Absence / North Africa

When: Saturday, November 15, 7pm
Where: Clockshop (2806 Clearwater Street, Elysian Valley, Los Angeles)

“Arab” and “Jewish” are not words the general public in the United States are generally expect to hear nowadays unless they’re followed by “conflict,” but in reality, many Arab nations had vibrant Jewish communities well into the 20th century. This is the premise behind Kan Ya Ma Kan, a series of programs that explores the culture of the Arab-Jewish diaspora. This Saturday’s event features a Jewish/Tunisian meal prepared by artist Orly Olivier, a talk by Sarah Abrevaya Stein on Jewish historical sites in Algeria, and records by Jewish musicians from Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria spun by Chris Silver. Come back Sunday afternoon at 3pm for a talk by Aomar Boum on his book Memories of Absence: How Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco.

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