Artist Kenny Scharf's hilltop garden in Culver City is no Monet masterpiece. It is more like a Georgia O'Keeffe -- rocks and concrete pavers set among colorful succulents and exotic cactuses that look like stones and desiccated brains. At one end of this primitive landscape, two sun-bleached imitation-Saarinen dinette chairs stand in a bed of gravel sprinkled with colored glass, beckoning visitors to sit and contemplate the 1988 Scharf bronze "Space Travel."
The juxtaposition of "Jetsons"-style furniture and statuary in a "Flintstones" setting is particularly apt for Scharf. The 50-year-old painter and sculptor first shot to fame in the New York City street art scene of the 1980s with paintings that incorporated his favorite characters from those Hanna-Barbera cartoons. "Barberadise," Scharf's first Los Angeles-area show in four years, will continue this exploration of prehistoric and futuristic forms when it opens at Honor Fraser Gallery in Culver City today, running through Oct. 31.
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