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Conveying elapsed time and bombastic energy, Mitchell Villa’s process involves long strokes and motions that use his entire body. The self-taught painter depicts scenes that range from Biblical allusions to horror to intimate domestic portraits. Works like the triptych “Dinner Party” show the artist’s penchant for controlled cacophony.

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Ryan Bock’s new immersive show at Ki Smith Gallery takes influence from the 1921 German horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” transforming bed frames and other “functional items made non-functional” in a dream-like environment. We’re given an exclusive first look at “Somnambulist,” which opens on Oct. 26, in this post. Installation shots for the exhibition were taken by photographer Roman Dean.

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Travel to a time where humans prevail in all their primeval glory in Attaboy’s new show at The Compound Gallery. This body of work includes the buzzed-about rock paintings on rocks, adding to the meta-nature of the new show that seems to be extracted from animation. Is this place the fate of the future or is it a temporal glimpse into our primitive past? Either way, you are sure to enjoy a silent moment with the Monocrag—or take a hike on the Triple Cragscape. Come for the humans, stay for the future. The “Future Human” sideshow will be up in the grey gallery beginning October 19, so you better get yourself a souvenir before this painted epoch ends.

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With “Sorayama Space Park by AMKK” at Central Embassy in Bangkok, the futuristic creations of Hajime Sorayama fill the space, including a lifesized aluminum Tyrannosaur. The immersive installation focused on the dinosaur-themed work of the celebrated illustrator, who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his “sexy robots” representing the timeless male gaze theory. The project marks the 5th anniversary of Central Embassy.

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With “Shine,” painter Ken Flewellyn further explores the golden age of hip-hop and intersecting cultures. The show, currently running at Thinkspace Projects in Culver City, offers a set of new works, including a collaboration with artist Brian Viveros. Flewellyn was recently featured in print with Hi-Fructose Vol. 47.

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With his distinct thin brushstrokes in acrylics and Indian ink, Glenn Brown’s swirling portraits offer both art-historical reverence and his own distinctive sensibility. Elsewhere, in his work in oils have a particularly unsettling quality, the textured faces of his subjects melting into different hues.