Two person shows scare me a little. Seeing dual bodies of work in a gallery is like going to a car dealership and spying a different make and model on the lot and thinking “Huh? Now which make is better?” Fortunately, upon entering Michelle Carla Handel’s and Eve Wood’s joint show Your Mouth, Undone at Garboushian Gallery in Beverly Hills, I sighed in relief not only for the artists but for the dealer as well.
If one, even keel word could possibly describe the brilliant, curatorial feat of a group show at Margo Leavin Gallery titled Arctic Summer, it would be “clever.” The pictures, sounds, sculptures and radio waves within the three intimate yet expansive galleries pack such solid evocations and visceral, physiological phenomenon’s of coolness on this viewer’s body that I doubt air conditioning is necessary while this show is up.
Every group or solo show I have experienced at Margo Leavin during the short time I have lived in LA has caused me to shake my head and smile in profound glee. Unfortunately, the gallery will close its doors after this exhibition. What a perfect show to end such an historic run!