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5 must-see art events in LA this weekend

Written by
Shelley Holcomb

The LA art scene gets deranged this weekend with cartoonish absurdity from an art legend, creepy clowns and a show that takes place inside a replica of the Unabomber hideout.

1. Dan Colen Viscera at Venus of Los Angeles. Venus of Los Angeles is a recent gallery transplant from New York and this weekend they open their inaugural exhibition with a solo show from artist Dan Colen. With sculptures molded from mangled roadside guard rails, paintings inspired by the 1940 Disney film Fantasia and recordings from an entire year of psychic readings, Viscera explores the idea of what it means to be a “vessel” both physically and metaphysically. (Saturday 12-4pm)

2. Peter Saul Some Crazy Pictures at David Kordansky. Often times referred to as one of the fathers of pop art, Peter Saul has been an integral figure at the forefront of many important art movements throughout the past several decades. In his signature cartoonish style, Saul’s brightly painted works humorously illuminate the everyday absurdity of popular culture, money, power, politics and the art world. (Saturday 6-8pm)

3. Parker Ito A Lil Taste of Cheeto in the Night closing at Chateau Shatto. Parker Ito’s current installation, A Lil Taste of Cheeto in the Night, fills a 7,800-square-foot warehouse in Downtown LA with an astonishing maze of sculptures and paintings created over the past two years. To mark the closing of this installation, Parker Ito will also present Epilogue, an exhibition of brand new works at the adjacent Chateau Shatto, and will end the night with a surprise performance. (Saturday 6-9pm)

4. SMILEY CYRUS at Gibson’s Space. Hold onto your diaphragm, this event is sure to bring out the nervous laughter in all of us. Paintings of obese children, a stand-up routine with no words and clowns that are borderline abusive, SMILEY CYRUS promises to be a comical experience like no other. Artwork on display by yours truly and performances from Molly Shea, Morgan Gillio and Franklin Marshall will start at 10pm with a reception/celebration to follow. (Saturday 9-1am)

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Photograph: Courtesy of Gibson's Space

5. Genevieve Gaignard A Golden State of Mind at The Cabin. The Cabin is an exhibition space located in artist/collector Danny First’s backyard, and also happens to be an exact replica of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski's Montana cabin. This weekend Genevieve will transform The Cabin into an autobiographical, site-specific installation employing photographs, sculpture and collage centered around her recent move to Los Angeles. (Sunday 4-7pm)

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Photograph: Courtesy of The Cabin LA

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