“RSVP Mandatory” on the invite should have tipped me off that this might be treacherous. The line around the block should have sent me retreating. During the half-hour wait to get into Greg “Craola” Simkins‘ opening at Merry Karnowsky, a car stopped in the middle of La Brea, the driver yelled “Is that the queue for the gallery?” “Yes”, we all moaned. He sped off immediately, presumably muttering under his breath.
That line was merely prelude. Once inside, it was pure Lord of the Flies. Nudging, pushing, and toe-stomping was the only way to traverse the horde. I wish I could espouse poetic about the art, but honestly, it was near impossible to see, let alone appreciate. Included here are the few pieces I was able to cozy up to. Now that the opening madness is over though, you are afforded the opportunity to take a leisurely stroll through Simkins latest works un-thwarted.
“Stop Haunting Me” runs through May 4, 2013
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA. 90036
Tues.–Sat. 12 p.m.-6 p.m.