"Sweater" is a collaborative installation organized by Gallery 825, directed by sculptor Tim Hawkinson and created by six of the L.A. Art Assn.'s member artists: Michele Jaquis, Arthur Pembleton, Sharon Kagan, Meeson Pae Yang, Neil Fenn and Sophia Allison, none of whom has worked with one another before. The second in an ongoing series of collaborative projects designed to foster mentorship opportunities for LAAA artists, it sounds like a good time.
The three solo shows that accompany the installation -- Lana Shuttleworth, Robin McCauley and Dori Atlantis -- embody a similar range of formal concerns and are also well worth a look. Especially notable is Shuttleworth's "Rock Bottom," a fantastic multipaneled landscape made entirely (like all of the works in her show) from the rubber of road construction safety cones, sliced into hundreds, perhaps thousands, of tiny slivers and disks. It's always thrilling to see so banal an object transformed into something beautiful, but this is a particularly impressive stretch. Who knew that this humble, road-battered fixture contained such an astonishing range of tones and textures?
L.A. SCENE: [David Lamelas]' brief film "Time as Activity (Los Angeles)" takes viewers at MC Gallery on a journey of the city.; PHOTOGRAPHER: David Lamelas; GROUP EFFORT: Six artists directed by sculptor Tim Hawkinson created "Sweater" out of industrial spray foam. It is being displayed at Gallery 825 through next Friday.; RIGOROUS APPROACH: [Brian Wills] uses his customary thin vertical stripes in all of his six works that are being displayed at the Happy Lion but still manages to achieve nuance and complexity.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Joshua White