SMART OBJECTS in Los Angeles has been having a great program of shows over the past few years (and a very good website). One of our favorite shows was their work with Cheyenne Julien, just around the time we featured her in our print edition. Now the gallery presents Den, a solo exhibition of new works by LA-based painter Derek Paul Jack Boyle. For Den, the gallery notes, “This exhibition reimagines everyday objects as larger than themselves, also extending to the darkly carpeted floor with irregular mounds that offer a directed experience within the scene of the gallery. André Bazin, a French film critic, describes the mise-en-scène as emphasizing choreographed movement within the scene rather than through editing. Here, the…

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