Crit­ics’ Choices

Los Angeles Times - - The Guide - Re­views by Leah Oll­man. Com­piled by Grace Kri­lanovich.

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.

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