Reviews by Sharon Mizota (S.M.) and David Pagel ( D. P.). Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Edward Burtynsky If ants had cameras — as well as helicopters, drones and hydraulic lifts— they mightmake photographs that look a lot like Burtynsky’s sublime pictures of the marks humans have made on our planet (D.P.). Von Lintel Gallery, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; ends June 20. (310) 5595700.
Hugo Crosthwaite The artist’s works clearly reflect rich internal narratives about Tijuana’s role as a gateway between two separate, unequal ways of life. However, these stories are so deeply encoded, so densely layered, as to be nearly inaccessible (S.M.). Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; ends June 20. (310) 838-6000.
Eve Fowler: The Difference Is
Spreading Gertrude Stein doesn’t need Eve Fowler. The early 20th-century experimental writer is a touchstone of modernism. Yet Fowler brings Stein’s legacy to new life in a thoroughly engaging exhibition. The L.A. artist has worked with Stein’s texts for the past five years, rendering them as unexpected advertising in brightly colored posters and billboards (S.M.). Mier Gallery, 1107 Greenacre Ave., L.A. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; ends July 3. (323) 4985957. Group Show: After Victor Papanek: The Future Is Not What It Used to Be The exhibition features artists who engage with the principles of the industrial designer, writer and educator. The result is an engaging and thought-provoking exhibition that celebrates not only creativity but the notion that art might make the world a better place (S.M.). Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Tue.-Sun. noon-5 p.m.; ends Sept. 6. (626) 792-5101.