Tom Carr, a young artist based in Barcelona, Spain, engineers large and small architectural forms with blocks and strips of wood painted with lazy dribbles of bluish-white or blue-black paint. Some of the works in Carr's first American solo show are variations on a stairway theme. "Monument at Night," made (for some inexplicable reason) of partially splintered and gouged wood, is a chunky spiral of steps in which each tread diminishes in size and height as the stairway descends. "Shell" has a relentless flight of tiny stairs curling around an 11-foot-tall wooden matrix.
Other pieces, made during the artist's recent stay in Los Angeles, are open forms--like the floor piece, "Upside-Down Arch" and a nearly-12-foot-tall walk-in construction called "Wall with Passageway," defined by a pair of lanky arches and walls airily sketched in with two diamond-shaped arrangements of wood strips. The most recalcitrant work, "Dream I," is a half-hearted arc that pokes out from the wall, with little step-like notches dwindling into a skimpy, ragged promontory. Mixed-media drawings of spirals extend Carr's vocabulary into an ultra-purified, ultimately rather nebulous realm.