Most of the works in “Tribute 1,” the first of two artist tributes showing at Irvine Contemporary before the gallery moves in August, are shaped by intense, intricate detail. Shawne Major builds amorphous wall sculptures from a frenzy of multicolored plastic gewgaws, while Brooklyn artist [dNASAb] creates birdlike hanging sculptures using LEDs and fiber-optics. Teo González’s dizzying dots, painstakingly layered on panels with acrylics and gold, always manage—somehow—to not touch each other. With acrylic on canvas, Robert Mellor creates fastidiously prepared, rubbery-surfaced images of vegetation, and James Marshall (Dalek) offers detailed, fancifully colored geometrical abstractions. But the showstoppers are Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick’s collaborations: Both in black and white and color, their photomontages are built on absurdist faux-historical narratives set in locations ranging from outer space to an iceberg, almost like Jerry Uelsmann on steroids. In a show mostly defined by intricacy, Kahn and Selesnick’s giddy audaciousness is a welcome standout.
The exhibition is on view 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays to July 16 at Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St. NW.