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Haiku Reviews: Love, Dolls And Rhinos | Berkeley, Los Angeles, Culver City

First Posted: 03/18/11 07:49 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 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 Rodney Punt, Peter Frank and George Heymont give quick takes on performing and visual art. 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: JOSH LEVINE, My Menagerie: Bi Cranial Rhinocerotidae, 2010, cast bronze, 2½ x 2¾ x 5½ inches

WHAT: Josh Levine
Koplin Del Rio
6031 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA
Through February 26

HAIKU REVIEW: Josh Levine's sculptures seem like taxidermied examples of fauna found on a planet imagined by Dr. Seuss. They riff grotesquely on the animals we know, adding eyes and legs and horns to perfectly innocent (if rather cartoony) specimens, but the mutations come out even more endearing than the originals - perhaps because Levine is not averse to boosting them with a jolt of anthropomorphism. All that aisde, however, because the centerpiece of this show is the array of little bronzes Levine has created in small editions, bronzes of sweetly ridiculous hybrids between gorillas and kangaroos, rhinos and walruses, penguins and bears. Pop surrealism now has its own animalier. - Peter Frank
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