In-the-know art-scenesters in New York City (and, every so often, Miami) have long been treated to the avant garde, interdisciplinary art shows and events of Shoot the Lobster. Now, L.A. is getting in on the action with the opening of Shoot the Lobster’s second permanent location, now open in Mid-City.
The project space has been known as Martos Gallery since October 2014. It opened when Jason Metcalf, one of the artists Martos Gallery already represented in New York, found the quirky building on Washington Boulevard—set far away from any concentrations of galleries—and proposed an arrangement that resulted in him constructing a live-work studio space in one portion and the gallery setting in another, as ARTnews reported at the time.
Two years later, owner Jose Martos decided to rebrand, turning the focus of his gallery entirely to his Shoot the Lobster side-project.
“This space, like its East Coast accomplice, will feature a mix of exhibitions, performances, concerts, pop-ups, and more,” Martos told ARTnews today.
The inaugural show, running through October 31, is titled Astral Oracles and seems like a perfect fit for getting into the spirit of Halloween. For this performance-installation project, a coven of “psychics, witches, oracles and magicians" will be hanging around Shoot the Lobster and interacting with visitors by performing readings, rituals and spells, according to the gallery’s description. Should you have someone who needs a hexing, now you know where to go—candles, potions, magic objects and other items will be on display and available for purchase.
Shoot the Lobster L.A. is located at 3315 West Washington Blvd and is open noon to 5pm Wednesday to Saturday. Astral Oracles will be on exhibit through October 31.
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