Vandalize This

Ingrid Calame's (2007). Photo: Image courtesy of James Cohan Gallery, New York

Pretty? Yes. Vibrant? Sure. But it's the artist's process that sets these drawings and paintings apart from other contemporary abstractions. Ingrid Calame's From #210 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River) defies Jackson Pollock's chance-driven splatter method by taking its inspiration from specific graffiti and paint spills found on city streets. This work and others are up at Chelsea's James Cohan Gallery through October 13. —Rachel Wolff