Can a hole be moved? Is a hole that's brought from, say, Detroit to Los Angeles the same void or a different one when it gets here? Is the void already just everywhere, merely awaiting an identifying contour?
That and other philosophical conundrums are the heart of Richard Haley's engaging if occasionally erratic show (his third) at Another Year in L.A. Some of the 22 Conceptual works could be tighter. But, mostly using winningly casual materials, "Holes, Voids and Other Descriptive Terms for Blankness" is an ambitious, frequently captivating meditation on serious subjects — decay, death, decomposition and emptiness.
Getting an object to signify nothingness isn't easy. In one video with accompanying artifact, Haley rubs a tiny hole in a butterfly wing with an artificial wax finger until the gossamer material disintegrates.
Another video that shows a shadow cast over a patch of wilting grass claims that lack of light is killing it — even though nearly invisible fishing line can be seen tugging the green blades downward. Conflicting forces of nature and culture aren't always distinguishable.