Multilevel: Doug Harvey's first solo show in Los Angeles is one of the weirdest ever. A three-dimensional rebus that's impossible to solve, this meandering installation at Post Gallery follows a logic all its own to form an odd portrait of contemporary culture and to weave a loosely linked network of connections that make some kind of sense, however wacky.
Titled "St. Sebastian Tom Sawyer Cathy Mishima Expo 67," Harvey's esoteric extravaganza includes a brief Super-8 film of Tom Sawyer painting a fence, hundreds of cut-out comic strips depicting the hapless cartoon character Cathy, a teddy bear dressed up like the Japanese novelist who committed suicide the old-fashioned way and a mural representing a domed pavilion designed by Buckminster Fuller for an international exposition in Canada.
If that sounds far-flung, it's only the beginning of Harvey's fiendishly fertile array of homemade objects and images. The cut-out Cathies rain down from the ceiling, having been spewed from a painted whale's blowhole. The Mishima bear's synthetic intestines are dotted with tiny music boxes that play 'Over the Rainbow' from "The Wizard of Oz."
Fuller's dome is depicted as it burns down, three years after the exposition. To make up for this loss, Harvey provides three model pavilions: a dome made of cigarettes, another made of cotton swabs and a third in the form of a cornucopia, standing on its pointed end and filled with the same foam insulation that spills from Mishima's guts.