Cross-hatched marks on canvas, plastic sheeting, walls and wallpaper … leaf-shaped, inked- and painted-upon flaps that lift to reveal flashes of gold and silver Mylar … oversized Monk Boxes big enough to double as benches or coffee tables. These are just some of the disparate elements that Detroit-bred, L.A.-based conceptual painter Jason Yates interweaves into his bold yet meditative installation at Barbara Davis Gallery (through June 30). The former student and one-time studio assistant of Mike Kelley, Yates makes art that’s about a new way of looking. Defying conventions, Yates’ crisp black-and-white canvases, wild wall works and huge ebony-hued boxes are enlivened by a nifty pair of paintings in optimistic shades of Pepto pink and tangerine. We’re mad for this show. 4411 Montrose Blvd., 713.520.9200; barbaradavisgallery.com.
IMAGE: Jason Yates’ “All I Ever Wanted Was Everything,” installation view, Barbara Davis Gallery, 2012. Photo courtesy the artist and Barbara Davis Gallery