Rick Bartow's traveling retrospective "Things You Know but Cannot Explain", now at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, is the subject of an insightful, in-depth review by LA Weekly's Shana Nys Dambrot. She writes:
Artist Rick Bartow Depicts Spirit Animals of Our Most Sublime Souls
From his elevation of common found objects and natural materials into expressive, symbolically charged sculptures; to his energetic, visceral portraits of liminal beings who are simultaneously human and animal; to the redemption of his own traumas and private failings in manifestations of transcendence, Bartow was immersed in the never-ending process of his own becoming. Bartow's works, reflecting the dualistic, chimerical nature of living, are never only one thing; and their stories, which are both his and ours, never have only one meaning.
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"Things You Know but Cannot Explain," Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park; through Jan. 6; theautry.org. Tue.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.