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Shag

Twenty-one years after La Luz de Jesus Gallery first explored the faux-Polynesian “Tiki” culture with lowbrow artists reinterpreting the mid-20th-century phenomenon, the Los Angeles spot is back with two shows. “The Art of Tiki: 21st Anniversary Art of Tiki Show & No False Idols” is a two-parter that offers both “contemporary artistic interpretations of the Tiki art form and vintage Tiki originals from which the modern movement sprang.”

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Natalia Arbelaez’s figures, often built with clay, carry both humor and sadness in their strange forms. Her white ceramic sculptures, in particular, offer texture and personality that feel at once human and something subterranean. The Miami-born Colombian-American artist has excited her pieces across the U.S.

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Ian Francis crafts mixed-media paintings packed with ghostly abstractions and figures that appear as evaporating memories. The artist uses a combination of oil, ink, acrylics, and other materials to create each work.

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The new oil paintings of New York-based artist Kajahl explore “the history and taxonomy of portraiture.” The paintings take notes from differing cultures through time for hybrid reflections on the history of human creativity. The artist’s current show at Richard Heller Gallery, titled “Unearthed Entities,” presents a new collection of these works.

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Ray Caesar

As part of the grand opening of Dorothy Circus Gallery‘s British branch in London, the gallery offers “Pages from Mind Traveller’s Diaries.” The group show marks the Italian gallery’s 10th anniversary, with contributions from Kazuki Takamatsu, Joe Sorren, Marion Peck, Ray Caesar, Travis Louie, and Camille Rose Garcia. These artists have also appeared in the pages of Hi-Fructose Magazine and the exhibit “Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose.”

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Daniel Bilmes plays with texture in his oil paintings, with small and meticulous strokes crafting absorbing portraits. Often limiting his colors, Bilmes is able to extract a vibrancy out of his intricate linework and abstractions. His portraits seem to be a continuation of oil traditions while mixing in new applications.