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Karl X. Hauser at Transmission Gallery 

When: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Jan. 25 2020
Monsters + Friends is a collection of the recent work of sculptor Karl X. Hauser, all made since his solo show two years ago, Failed Repression: I Tried to Make This Pleasant. The funny and strange denizens of his carnivalesque imagination — sculptures in cast aluminum, cast bronze, kiln-formed glass, and drawings in graphite, watercolor and crayon — fill the gallery, making for a total environment of cheerfully absurd grotesquerie. “Drawing lets me have fluid thoughts, internal dialogues, and teaches me fearlessness,” he said. “The drawings inject characters and sets into my sculpture, which also incorporates castings of found materials, cut up and reassembled.” Hauser’s makeshift brainchildren, pieced-together scraps brought to life — e.g., The Wild Ride, The Wrestler, Charming Personages, and The Academy in Peril — may evoke cartoons and the bizarre “personages” of Jean Dubuffet, as well as a certain Karloffian creature assembled from available materials. Artist talk and closing reception, January 25. 2-4 p.m.
— DeWitt Cheng

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