Last week, important shows for two young artists, Mark Jenkins and Aakash Nihalani opened jointly at the Carmichael Gallery (their last show before moving to the new Culver City location).

Mark Jenkins brought many of his classics indoors such as the paper tape carousel horse and faceless hooded mannequins. In addition, the gallery setting allowed him to remix and play a little with his repertoire like with his usual multi-limbed bodies formed into a side table. This varied body of work, entitled “Meaning is Overrated” once again proves that Jenkins is one of the most versatile and talented street artists out there today.

Aakash Nihalani also impressed us with a new body of work enititled “On & Off (Often On)”, his first west coast solo exhibition. Famous for working with colored tape, Aakash took his work in a new direction for this show with cut aluminum and plastic pieces, all in increasingly more complex geometric patterns. His creative use of his signature “boxes” and bright colors definitely stood out nicely against the white background of the gallery walls.

Take a look at all the photos after the jump…

Photos courtesy of Carmichael Gallery.
Discuss this show here.