A chalk out­line might be needed

Los Angeles Times - - POP WEEKEND - David Kor­dan­sky Gallery, 5130 W. Edge­wood Place, ( 323) 935- 3030, through July 11. Closed Sun­day and Mon­day. www. david­ko­r­dan­sky gallery. com

De­spite reg­u­lar dec­la­ra­tions to the con­trary, paint­ing isn’t dead, nor is it likely ever to die. It can, how­ever, look pretty sickly. An­drew Dad­son’s grandiose can­vases at David Kor­dan­sky war­rant a dis­cus­sion of mercy killing.

Each of the paint­ings ( up to 12 feet wide) has a dark cen­ter, framed by thick pig­ment that tools and hands have swirled and streaked through. Even thicker paint curls like a wave along the bot­tom edge, form­ing a crusty over­hang. The ground be­neath the slathered black is sil­very, and the sculpted ar­eas along the sides have been spray­dusted in car­ni­val- bright neons.

Dad­son, based in Van­cou­ver, Canada, claims a lin­eage among per­for­ma­tive artists and ac­tion pain­ters. He also nods to Jay DeFeo’s most fa­mous work of ex­cess, “The Rose,” by ti­tling one of his pieces sim­i­larly. The as­so­ci­a­tion, how­ever, doesn’t re­deem his own spec­ta­cle, which is au­da­ciously empty.

Dad­son also presents a cu­ri­ous in­stal­la­tion of pot­ted plants that he has painted matte black. Turn­ing liv­ing mat­ter into graphic sil­hou­ette is in­ter­est­ing, as is the strangely un­nat­u­ral look of the shiny, vi­brant green leaves that have emerged since the rest were painted.

The third com­po­nent of the show is “Cu­nei­form,” a grid of 160 pho­to­graphs of the squig­gles, dots and dashes of ad­he­sive left on walls af­ter street posters have been re­moved.

There’s a bit of found ur­ban po­etry here. It’s not much, but it’s a re­lief from the ab­surd too- much- ness of the rest.

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