“For the Martian Chronicles,” at L&M Arts, pays homage to Ray Bradbury, who wrote much of his fantastic tale in his clapboard home that once stood at the gallery’s address.
Organized by Yael Lipschutz, archivist of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, the 30-artist exhibition is a whimsical mishmash of media, methods and styles. It keeps visitors on their toes, thinking quickly to discover connections among objects and images with not much in common except for their love of wide-eyed possibility.
A vitrine containing galley proofs of Bradbury’s masterpiece grounds the enthusiastic exhibition, which is all about flights of fancy and the unlikely places they take us. Great pieces by the usual suspects, including Larry Bell, John McCracken, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha and Jim Shaw, are interspersed with lively surprises by Yves Klein, Matthew Ritchie, Noah Purifoy and Fred Eversley.
The smart installation makes terra firma feel extraterrestrial. Realism segues into science fiction as objectivity gives way to something stranger and stronger than subjectivity.