“A dreamy Edisonian wonderland awaits, where a rolling landscape of electrical conduits and vintage-style lightbulbs undulates like waves, or like gentle hills or playground jungle gyms.”
– Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, describing Nancy Holt’s Electrical Systems (1982) at Sprüth Magers Los Angeles. “It feels good to see this erasure being corrected,” Dambrot says of the inclusion of 1960s photo series by the land artist, noting similar work by Holt’s male peers has (historically) received more attention.

A collaboration between Berlin’s panke.gallery and LA’s JAUS, “Post Cinema” opens at Open Mind Art Space in Los Angeles. Exploring common themes across recent media history—from TV to VR—works by Berlin-based (Nadja Buttendorf, Esben Holk, Cornelia Sollfrank) and LA-based artists (Petra Cortright, Julie Orser, Peter Wu) echo “dreams of global utopia,” whether broadcast over airwaves, electronic superhighways, or streamed directly from the cloud.

An excavation of the legacy of sci-fi author Octavia E. Butler, American Artist’s solo exhibition “Shaper of God” opens at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles. Both spent their formative years in the Pasadena region, which the artist translates into ruminations on “technology, race, surveillance, identity, and place” that map Southern California sites inspired by Butler’s novels and life: To Acorn (1984) (2022), for example, is a sculpture resembling the city bus stops that Butler would have waited at.

“It’s a way of not only conflating space—like the real landscape of Los Angeles with a fictional landscape of Robledo—but also the sense of time, because you don’t really know what time period you’re existing in.”
American Artist, on his upcoming exhibition “Shaper of God” that is “like a road map through Southern California locales inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower.”

Presenting NFTs by Claudia Hart, Auriea Harvey, Holly Herndon, and nine other artists “whose work embraces our inevitable technological immersion,” Vellum LA opens “Sea Change,” an exhibition and online auction at the LA Art Show. According to Vellum LA, who claim to “meaningfully situate the digital and crypto art communities within the context of art history,” the NFTs are presented on collector-grade Luma Canvas displays—a sign of things to come at their soon-to-open NFT gallery space.

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