MFA Fine Arts Department faculty member Marilyn Minter debuted five monumental paintings at Regen Projects on April 6. Continuing her exploration of the pathology of glamour, the paintings focus on advertising in public spaces. Cracked glass, graffiti, and dripping water obscure Minter’s signature imagery of stiletto heels and heavily made-up eyes. In addition, her earliest black and white photographic series of her drug-addicted mother shot in 1969 are included as well. On view at Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Boulevard, through May 11.
Reynold Reynolds’s (MFA 1995 Photography, Video and Related Media) fist show at Christopher Grimes features recent video works along with a new project where he will film parts of his latest work The Lost, in front of a live audience on several dates throughout the exhibition. Working primarily with 16mm film and often using stop motion or time-lapse photography, Reynolds has developed a distinct filmic language based on transformation, consumption, and decay resulting in alter worlds filled with powerful pictorial symbols. On view at Christopher Grimes, 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, through May 4.
Aïda Ruilova’s (MFA 1999 Photography, Video and Related Media) first solo exhibition at Kaye Griffin Corcoran explores erotica, death, and desire. For “I’m So Wild About Your Strawberry Mouth,” Ruilova manipulated movie posters of the French soft core erotic film Emmanuelle (1974) by placing black shapes like rectangles, circles, and squares to conceal and reveal various parts of the image. She also created her own Emmanuelle style drawings along with new sculptures, and a video featuring the director Abel Ferrera reflecting on the last day of one of his directorial influences, the Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. On view at Kaye Griffin Corcoran, 2902 Nebraska Avenue, Santa Monica, through May 4.
Image: Marilyn Minter, Private Eye, 2013, Enamel on Aluminum, 120 x 72 inches (304.8 x 182.9 cm)