HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a biweekly 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 visual arts, theatre and classical music from San Francisco's classic operas to Pacific Standard Time's gallery gems. 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.
"Less Is More"
means something different in California than it does in New York, but there's always been a back-and-forth between the two coastal versions of minimalism, an exchange of ideas and purposes this show pointed to. Clytie Alexander
, after all, worked in Los Angeles and then moved to New York, so her hole-punched painted aluminum sheets bespeak both Gotham obduracy and California hyper-materiality. Painters Edith Baumann-Hudson
and Scot Heywood
may work in LA, but they know their Albers and their Kelly as well as they know their McLaughlin. LA-based Jow
, abstracting on morse code, faces off with New Yorker Anthony Sneed
, who does vibrant op-art updates shot through with street 'tude. The cool curved metal plates of Sweden-born Bertil Petersson
are one part California cool and one part old-world craft, poised against the equally crafted, but decidedly agitated, cutouts of east coaster Samuel Stabler
. But the "old masters" reach across the continent: a drop-dead simple wall drawing of the late Sol LeWitt
is a practical shout-out to the similarly restrained elegance of Larry Bell
's stripy vapor drawing. (Subliminal Projects, 1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; closed. www.subliminalprojects.com
- Peter Frank