October 2011

Culture(d)—October 2011

edited by MAYER RUS


Vintage educational diagrams occupy a special place at the intersection of biology and interior design—they always look good. Katrien Van der Schueren of L.A.’s Voila! has assembled more than 100 fine examples of highly stylized polychromatic charts in The Art of Instruction (Chronicle Books). Spanning the 19th and 20th centuries in Europe as well as America, these relics of the history of science, art and design offer compelling glimpses into the anatomy of a hedgehog, the inner structure of a tulip and other wonders of zoology and botany. Who says decor can’t be didactic?


Pack your sunblock, and prepare to fight off scorpions, meth cooks and midcentury-furniture dealers. High Desert Test Sites is back with another ambitious program of experimental art, architecture and design projects scattered throughout Joshua Tree, Pioneertown, Twentynine Palms and other cities rimming Southern California’s suburban sprawl. Curators Brooks Hudson Thomas, Robert Stone and the McCarthy Family (think artist Paul) have assembled an intriguing roster of established names (Adam Silverman, Ball-Nogues Studio, et al.) and emerging talents for a free weekend of avant-garde installations, performances and festivities. Oct. 15–16, highdeserttestsites.com.


Brooklyn artist and pop phenom Brian Donnelly, well known as KAWS, returns to the Honor Fraser gallery with Hold the Line, a show of sculptures and paintings that riffs, in classic KAWS style, on popular cartoon figures such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Mickey Mouse. The exhibition includes a group of tondo paintings in which the faces of the artist’s fluorescent-colored, X-eyed KawsBob creatures are cropped to the point of delirious abstraction. Oh, barnacles! Through Oct. 22, honorfraser.com.


KUNST & CACTI: Ball Nogues Studio
JUST KAWS: Joshua White / Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery