Holy Cleavage

“Speaking in Parables Will Get You Nowhere in this Crowd” is an exhibit about today’s post-industrial landscape — or should I say wasteland? — opening at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center (1650 Harrison St., Hollywood). It’s the joint project of two artists, Michael Balbone and Emily Martinez, who share a flair for throwing recycled trash and old photographs back in the face of society. Their works can also be punch lines, as in “I Saw Mary in My Chest Hair,” a gold-framed inkjet print of the Virgin Mary rising majestically in the fur between two ample male breasts.

Three other exhibits are opening simultaneously. “Abracadabra” is the third-annual raffle of 100 works from six galleries happening February 19 after the art has been on display for a few weeks. One raffle ticket and admission for two costs $375 — it might be worth it if you win something worth thousands down the road. Another gallery, “Doug Crocco: Entropy,” expresses America’s simultaneous darkness and optimism through dazzling colored-pencil drawings of Winnie the Pooh, rainbows, and slogans. Then there’s “ellos y nosotros: them and us,” a show of artist Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez’s empty bird cages and projections of old 16 mm painted films.

The opening reception is today from 6 to 9 p.m., and the four exhibits run until February 19. Hollywood Art and Culture Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Call 954-921-3274, or visit artandculturecenter.org.
Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.; Sundays, noon. Starts: Jan. 21. Continues through Feb. 18, 2010

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