Nancy Jackson The artist’s show is, as ever, an event for the spirit — restorative, enchanting, invigorating in its authenticity. A group of all-white mobiles made mostly of paper and Styrofoam is breathtaking, both blatantly festive and quietly sublime. The mobiles are offset by a group of shiny black animal heads protruding from a dark patch on one wall. The pack looks slightly crazed, as if malevolent forces sullying the innocence and purity of the hanging assembly. Jackson’s gouaches and ink drawings too are strange and fantastic, affirming her commitment to an art of exquisite craft, complex beauty and a deeply human sense of fear and wonder. Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Tue.Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; ends Oct. 9. (310) 828-8488.
Michael McMillen: Lighthouse McMillen provides a door at the entrance of most of his installations. Pushing it open signals our consent to his richly textured propositions. When we step in, we succumb to altered space, ambiguous time. There is much that we recognize, but it has been transformed through shifts in material, scale, context. In his film and sculptural work, McMillen mixes found and fabricated materials, always looking back at the ways we’ve looked ahead, at the promises we’ve sold ourselves. He is a jumpcut storyteller of brooding honesty. LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; ends Oct. 30. (310) 8224955.