Lila de Magalhaes — Deli Gallery
In a small, nearly-bare gallery space, the Brazilian-born, LA-based artist Lila de Magalhaes accomplishes something special—a deconstruction of consumption, abundance, and longing.
Palace of Errors is as playful as it is erotic, tackling mass production within the context of sensual desire through a series of embroidered, dyed bedsheets and two sets of ceramics. One mother-of-pearl glazed group, titled Milky Gummy, offer curious little creatures, while another set of slate-gray sculptures, named Sssssss, Sssss, Sss, and Ss, are all, well, snakelike coils that wind into piles on Deli Gallery’s floor. Each snake stares up at the lush tufts of vibrant fabric and the scenes threaded into soft-hued sheets.
de Magalhaes’ show is precious and precocious, whimsical and unnerving all at once.