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  • One of the more intriguing and unique aspects of the LA art scene is the multitude of spaces in which art is shown. Often these galleries (white cube, a friend’s garage, or otherwise) serve as a neutral backdrop for whatever show exists within them. Smooth, whitewashed walls and forgettable floors comprise the gamut of exhibition venues. Alex Ito’s Act I: The Crucible’s Nest, running at Los Angeles’ AA|LA September 10 to October 22, opposes this unspoken standard, and in doing so opens up a dialogue all its own.
    The New York-based artist ruptures expectation by interrupting the ‘norm’ of art environments. This lends itself to…

  • Kyle Petreycik presented solo show As Is at New York’s Emma Geller Green, which opened on September 17 and is running until October 8.
    Curated by Zach Smith and Sara Blazej, the New York-based artist’s practice morphs the everyday into its double. ‘Micro-autobiographical’ found materials are literally and figuratively bent, while mass-market items undergo surprisingly rigorous custom treatments, with a view to bringing the ‘well adjusted’ to new heights.
    Wall-based sculptures and videos; the work tries its best to fit in according the idiosyncrasies of the space. The materials used are diverse, ranging from vintage SOLO cups to a dummy CCTV camera; felt, paper, wood and extension cords, among many others.
    Recent exhibitions by Petreycik…

  • Freddy Tuppen presented solo exhibition Sous Sol at London’s Soho Revue, which ran from May 6 through to July 31, 2016.
    In the basement of the gallery, the London-based artist created a site-specific installation that converted a series of rooms into a nightclub, which will run until the end of the year. The mixed-media work incorporates architectural and furniture design, as well as wall-based embroidery and lighting.
    The stools and benches are softened by upholstered beach towels and pink and blue hues flood the space. Tuppen scripted the design to “reveal the historical narratives of the building, as well as layering in his own fabricated fictions exploring the human relationship with escapism…

  • Retrospective, published by Shelter Press, is the first novel by self-described “faggot curator and writer” Alberto García del Castillo. The work by the Spanish-born co-founder of Buenos Tiempo Intl. , is deserving of its title; it emerged from a series of del Castillo’s previously published writings from exhibition catalogues, magazines and journals, along with images, words, and phrases borrowed from others. The result is a strange textual hybrid that reads somewhere between science fiction and postmodern theater offering up a broken-mirror reflection of  “faggotry and the art world.”

    When we enter the world of Retrospective, — what del Castillo has himself qualified as a “fictional exhibition,…

  • Rianna Jade Parker is an expansive character who can’t stop learning. Taking from other people and planting seeds — metaphorically speaking — the London-based curator and writer lets these seeds grow over time. Parker unites with collaborators at specific times, in specific spaces and then continues on her own path, while still connected to an international network of peers through the internet. Visits to extended family in New York City as a teenager triggered an ever-growing interest in contemporary art, a field which remained foreign to her until then. For that reason, the idea of studying art never actually crossed the artist’s mind, studying psychology…

  • The nape of the neck, a jagged rib, flesh that could once have been a hand, the nub of a heel, oscillating between foetal and decaying. The figures in Serbian artist Ivana Basic’s solo show Throat Wanders Down the Blade, running at Annka Kultys September 7 to October 8, are caught between becoming and unbecoming, stepping in and out of interiority.

    The show is based on the voice of Basic’s alter ego, ‘Bridle’, and features a series of seven blown glass bubbles mounted and scattered around the walls of the room, titled ‘Breath seeps through her tightly closed mouth #1-#7′. Suggestive of air being squeezed out…