Geometric Los Angeles is a celebration of the city and a discovery of a multi-dimensional culture. Translating the physical movement of the literary flâneur into a photographic diary, Sallie Harrison’s (b. 1989) series offers a view of the topography that is at once aesthetically pleasing and conceptually withdrawn. Rendered through a pared-back simplicity, the sprawling terrain is observed through details rather than as a whole, much like the exploits of 21st century wanderers and street dwellers who encounter, experience and remember only portions of the metropolis. Harrison provides fleeting memories of a sprawling, highly sensory environment, resting at the periphery of the landscape – rather than offering an omniscient perspective. Reflecting the human condition, the images are tinged by perceived dichotomies of masculinity and femininity. Sharp angular shapes are met with complementary pastel palettes. www.sallieharrison.com.
E.O. Hoppé’s provides meditations on shifting ideals, revelling in the structural complexity and cultural acceleration that was unravelling in Germany.
Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
On 7 February the Hammer Museum presents the first museum survey of LA-based conceptual artist Charles Gaines’ early work. The exhibition, entitled Gridwork 1974-1989, will feature 11 different series of over 80 works and relevant ephemera from the early years of Gaines’ four decade career.