O Tempora: Openings at SPARC and Bergamot Station
4:30 p.m., Venice
Los de Abajo is a Southern California printmaking collective whose members strive to keep alive the Latin American tradition of printmaking while also experimenting with new techniques and individual expression. Their show “Division: Reflections and Shadows” at SPARC in Venice, Calif., an Art Deco former police station, is socially-engaged in a way uniquely appropriate to the coming Trumpocalypse, as in Yvette Mangual’s Flight, inspired by the Caltrans immigrant crossing signs on the I-5, or Daniel González’s Unidos o Morimos, which plays off of Benjamin Franklins’ woodcut of 1754, Join, or Die.
Clockwise from upper left: Australia & America in a Sea of Sorrow by Kay Brown, an installation of jail birds by Poli Marichal, Mabuhey/Don’t Forget by Oaxacan artist Pável Acevedo and Flight by Yvette Mangual
North/South by Marianne Sadowski, collaborative prints by Nguyen Ly and Don Newton
“Division: Reflections and Shadows” runs through August 20.
Durón Gallery at SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center)
685 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
5:30 p.m., Bergamot Station
Born the same year as Queen Elizabeth and Don Rickles, Ed Moses has been making and showing art in Los Angeles since at least 1957. His UCLA graduate show was held at Ferus Gallery and he joined the faculty at UCI in 1968. William Turner Gallery in Bergamot Station celebrates the artist’s recent birthday with the show Moses@90, a vibrant survey of five decades worth of work, from a small room of ’60s-era graphite drawings to the recent craquelure panels and funhouse mirrors.
Moses in the promised land
Moses@90 runs through July 30.
William Turner Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave., E-1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
6:00 p.m., Bergamot Station
Also at Bergamot Station, Swedish artist Joakim Ojanen has his first show in the U.S. at Richard Heller Gallery, featuring distinctive oil paintings and outsiderish stoneware figures.
Joakim Ojanen, What a time to be alive 🙁
6:30 p.m., Bergamot Station
Also working in ceramics is Los Angeles resident Elizabeth Orleans, whose installation at Sloan Projects, “Giant Steps,” features a vaguely sinister typology of glazed ceramic objects in the form of ladders leaning against the wall, giant keys on a chain or pyramid spikes jutting out from the wall.