Weekend Art Spree

MOAH CEDAR; Ark Gallery; Chinatown

Exciting art opened all over the greater Los Angeles area this past weekend, from Lancaster to Chinatown. Monica Wyatt’s exciting mixed-media show in Lancaster, “Continuum,” drew a crowd north on the freeway to MOAH: CEDAR, curated by Jill Moniz. The adjunct gallery space to the main Museum of Art and History building, Wyatt’s lustrous work filled the new space with bursts of light and texture.

Monica Wyatt with her installation

Large-scale and site-specific, When Shadows Chase the Light is a dazzling array of 4000 acrylic globes, 10,000 nylon hairnets, 23 industrial light lenses, fishing wire and lighting, that resemble an “organic, biomorphic form.” The artist’s series of wood and rock assemblages

San Andreas Variations, along with larger-scale rock and wood sculptures are another highlight; inanimate objects imbued with life. Through March 3rd ; artist’s walk-through February 10th.

Jill Moniz, Monica Wyatt

In Chinatown, downstairs at Charlie James gallery, “It’s OK,” curated by Sacha Baumann, features seven artists in a rich exploration of adaptation. Works evoke strange plants, mysterious memories, or magical realms.

Nadege Monchera Baer’s mixed media dazzles in textures and palette; Megan Mueller places objects—here, flowers—on a flatbed scanner, distorting and duplicating. Stephen Neidich’s kinetic, steam-punk sculpture is compulsive viewing. Also impressive: Molly Segal’s lustrous, intimate dream-like landscape; Luke Whitlatch’s deep, abstract world. With Kottie Paloma and Hayley Barker; through March 3rd.