May 20, 1988 |
Tim Ebner formerly made 2-by-2-foot house paint color chip panels fitted with Velcro backs for easy rearrangement into suit-the-decor, do-it-yourself grids. They were a conceptualist post-mortem on originality and painting as we traditionally define it. The same ideological current runs through his recent, pristinely elegant "paintings" made from vertical arrangements of brightly colored fiberglass bands. Each work is composed of separate stripes of glossy plastic.
February 15, 1988 |
It's no secret that Los Angeles has evolved dramatically over the past 20 years. Comparing two current shows in Orange County offers an especially rich perspective on some of the changes. Howard Singerman, a publications editor for the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, has a bifocal view of the shows: He wrote a catalogue essay for the Newport Harbor Art Museum's current show of work by 58 graduates of the California Institute of the Arts.
April 7, 1989
Tim Ebner's massive new untitled works apparently represent state-of-the-art possibilities in the manufacture of vacu-formed acrylic. Called "paintings," they are as robustly three-dimensional as some sculpture and lack even the slightest contamination with any type of paint. Each 92-inch round is made of specially dyed plastic into which air is shot at high temperatures, creating peaks, valleys and swirls that look rather like extreme close-ups of cake frosting.
July 8, 1994 |
Andres Serrano's notorious "Piss Christ" is the definitive image of "The Sacred and the Profane," a large group show at Jan Baum Gallery. Serrano's purpose--besides the obvious one of producing a spectacular photograph--is to suggest not the disparity, but the proximity of the earthly to the sublime.
December 19, 1997 |
Bringing In the Clowns: More than 125 pint-size clowns, gnomes and grinches greet visitors to Jim Lawrence's sweetly demented exhibition of carved wood figurines. To step into the small back room of Koplin Gallery is to feel as if you have stumbled upon an eccentric puppeteer's secret storeroom--after hours, of course, when the idiosyncratic characters that have sprung from his imagination are free to make their own mischief.