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Kara Joslyn at M+B
December 10, 2019 • 8:00 am - December 17, 2019 PST
On view: November 16–December 21, 2019
At M+B in West Hollywood, it may not be obvious at first that Kara Joslyn’s prime reference points are 1950s paper crafts. Her moody grayscale paintings have sharp lines and illusionistic shadows that feel aptly contemporary in our digital age. The exhibition, Tragic Kingdom, elicits the seminal No Doubt record, yet pulls us towards present day horrors. The album title itself was meant to be a play of words on Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom, and Joslyn seems to welcome these complex American references. From emo-tinged punk to mid-century crafts, these works examine a kind of American spirit. In Gatekeeper (trouble ahead, trouble behind), a paper-craft hockey goalie is stuck in stasis. Much like our current politics or environmental collapse, finding a way forward or backward proves difficult.