Merlin James

Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles

Merlin James, Arrivals, 2007-08. Acrylic and mixed materials on canvas, 25 5/8 x 26 5/8 inches. Image courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles, and the artist 

My attention is more or less guaranteed by any exhibition that offers, within the initial sweep of its first gallery, a painting of an airport luggage carousel; a near-monochrome canvas, composed from grubby, rectilinear sections; a close-up picture of a blowjob; and a boisterous abstraction incorporating a tail-wagging dog and a swipe of glitter.

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