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Haiku Reviews: Peter Frank And George Heymont On Art And Theatre

First Posted: 04/23/11 06:13 AM ET   Updated: 06/22/11 06:12 AM 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 and George Heymont give quick takes on performing and visual art from San Francisco to New York. 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: D*FACE, Left for Dead, 2011, Acrylic on linen, 60 x 60 inches
WHAT: D*Face
Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles CA, through April 27.
HAIKU REVIEW: D*Face is one of Britain's leading "newbrow" artists, and damn if he isn't as sharp and clever - if not quite as surreptitious - as Banksy (and sharper and cleverer by half than Damien Hirst). Several groups of work have traveled to LA to contribute to its month of street art. The most appropriate in this regard is a series of large, square canvases turning classic Roy Lichtenstein romance-comic figures into billboard-size zombies. (D*Face has painted one such motif as a mural on the gallery's outside wall.) By contrast, a collection of mounted bugs and butterflies, their bodies metamorphosed into jewel-like skulls, propose a delicate, intimate address to the same morbid theme. D*Face's often-hilarious montages of book spines rarely reference the, ah, D-word, but his skateboards prove deadly - he's deftly converted one into an occupied crucifix - and at the top of the stairs, Warhol's self-portrait now matches the D*Faced Lichtensteins in d*cay. - Peter Frank
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