Ron Arad’s Crushed Cars in “CUBA Working Title” at Over The Influence

Exploring the undoing and redoing of objects in the London-based artist's new show

At LA’s Over The Influence, artist and designer Ron Arad is showcasing his knack for working with metals. His show CUBA Working Title (on now through 28 October) centers on cars crushed like pressed flowers—hulking machines reduced to 12-centimeter-thick sheets of metal. The concept was inspired by American cars in Cuba and the intertwining of their histories, from geographic and design (and even political) perspectives. Fantastically maintaining the integrity of …

“Form Shapes Language” Group Show at LA’s Morán Morán Gallery

Stories told via sculpture, large-scale installations and more

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Shapes have a way of speaking and “Form Shapes Language” (on now through 25 August) at LA’s Morán Morán Gallery is a great place to learn new ways to listen. The impressive group show brings together seven artists from around the world to share their take on contemporary, minimalist abstract forms. Small triangles poke onto big frames like teeth, blobbing bodies …

Photographer Kate Ballis’ “Hypercolour Fantasy: Infra Realism” at Garis & Hahn

Palm Springs and the Southwest colored with intense neon hues in a new series of images

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick For locals and visitors, much of the appeal of places like Palm Springs and neighboring southwest regions is the beauty—the remoteness, and the subsequent tension between the naturally barren and the highly stylized touch of humans. Photographer Kate Ballis has captured this strikingly in her new body of work, “Infra Realism,” currently on display at LA’s Garis & Hahn in her …

Mynxii White’s “Revolt” at Leica Gallery, LA

Paying homage to women resisters and the importance of defiance

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick It is an impossible feat to document—or to know, name or even catalog—all of the resisters whose actions led to revolutions, both big and small. And yet some of these women have left a personal impact on photographer Mynxii White—one that she has chosen to channel into her work. With the exhibition “Revolt” (on now through 6 August at LA’s Leica …

LA Design Festival’s Splendor + Coziness

From ROW DTLA to activations across the city, a true celebration of design

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick Through 10 June, Los Angeles celebrated the LLA Design Festival, an activation of the city’s illustrious community. Primarily housed within ROW DTLA, a retail and restaurant destination that reimagines Downtown LA’s historic Market District, the festival offered moments of Southern Californian design by way of gallery showrooms and experiences. From Design is for Everyone’s gallery presentation of works by multi-discipline designers …