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Haiku Reviews: Dudamel, Highways, Germans And Cults | Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco

First Posted: 01/14/11 11:56 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:25 PM ET

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a weekly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet or a string of words together. This week Peter Frank, George Heymont, and Laurence Vittes give quick takes on performing and visual art from San Francisco to Santa Monica. Is there a show or performance that you think people should know about? Write a Haiku with a link and shine a light on something you think is noteworthy too.

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Photo credit: LAUREN MARSOLIER, Highway 2, 2010, HP archival ink on HP archival paper inkjet print, 36 x 54 inches

WHAT: Lauren Marsolier
Robert Berman Gallery
Bergamot Station #D5, 2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica, CA
Through January 29

HAIKU REVIEW: Lauren Marsolier photographs (or more precisely, makes photographs of) what seem to be impossibly lucid places, clean, brilliantly lit, devoid of people but clearly manmade, full of atmosphere and yet as arid spiritually as they are physically. Of course we recognize quickly - albeit not quite instantly - that Marsolier has fabricated these places, deftly manipulating reality with digital intervention. But the incontestability of their falseness does not diminish the profundity of these pictures' effect, any more than it would were they paintings or drawings (which one or another seems occasionally to be). These are dreamscapes, pure and simple, as unlikely but as unshakeable as an apparition conjured just before waking, the photographic equivalent a century later of De Chirico's Metaphysical painting. - Peter Frank
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