We know what youre thinking: Legos as art. Yeah, right. If by art you mean sweet-ass minihelicopters or little Death Stars or any of the other bazillion structures or machines that Legos have built over the past 60 years, then, yes, Legos can be art. But aside from badass dinosaurs and completely frickin amazing robots with souls, no one ever makes much out of Legos that could be thought of as, you know, alive. Enter Nathan Sawaya, whose large-scale, painstaking Lego sculptures focus on the human form in a way that will change your view of interlocking toy bricks. Forget the little swivel-headed vikings and pirates and Storm Troopers that you affix to various ships: Sawaya will render a life-sized, self-rending human torso, a replica Mount Rushmore, an oversized human heart, and yes, a rad-ass Tyrannosaur. Were sure youd pull the same wizardry if you had 1.5 million blocks in your studio too. But see this master at work at the opening reception of his ten-week exhibit Replay at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood). Admission runs $10 for adult nonmembers. Visit artandculturecenter.org, or call 954-921-3274.
Fri., June 4, 6 p.m.; Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.; Sundays, noon. Starts: June 4. Continues through Aug. 15, 2010