The show's theme was the end of capitalism, so there was lots of radical OWS granola-eating inchoate experimental art on display. Perhaps a highlight was the plexiglass container of containing crumpled bills, an electric megaphone, and several handfuls of crickets. Accompanying displays compared the average US earner to the 1$, with the average schlub portrayed as an insect, and explaining how wealth provides a magnifying effect to your voice.
I was also interested to see one of Alex Schaefer's burning banks. I remembered reading the story of how he got in a little trouble with the LAPD as a potential terrorist, for painting a Chase Bank on fire. That canvas sold for $25,000. (Expressing his disdain for capitalism, he quickly painted a Bank of America on fire and sold it for $4 grand. But he seems to have specialized primarily in burning Chase banks.) This one depicted a Chase bank on Venice, I think the one near Smaug & A&K. Anyway, it was neat to see art-in-the-news in-the-flesh.
Also, opening night at the gallery with the artists makes for good people watching.
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