If you're one of the few people who hasn't checked out James Jean's latest exhibit at Martha Otero Gallery, then get in your car and drive to West Hollywood ASAP to see Rebus, an awe-inspiring collection of large-scale paintings depicting romantic deities in a colorful decaying setting. The feeling is antiquity meets contemporary as James brilliantly blends art history with his unique style of abstract expressionism. I found myself having to step back and re-center in order to fully absorb the abstract nature of the works and then moving closer to appreciate the detailed images. Two words: mind-blowing. The solidity of the paint belies the illusory nature of the narrative: these excavations into the subconscious are fraught with the misfires, inconsistencies, and contradictions of a dream. ~James Jean Also on display are multiple ink drawings (one of which was featured on the cover of Juxtapoz's December issue) and an edition of elegant silk scarves. With each piece as beautiful as the next, you're sure to spend time in their visual complexities. Show runs until April 30th.