Los Angeles

Philip Van Aver

Sabersky Gallery

Miniscule watercolor with pen and ink drawings by a 22-year-old San Franciscan in his first Los Angeles showing. Evocative, round and square, intimate landscape and figure allegories of discipline, skill, and a total lack of affection. The incredible cross-hatched, doodling, swirling detail vaguely reminds one of a colorful modern Beardsley illustration, only in the best sense. Van Aver disintegrates form and re-assembles it again with one visual swoop—and all there for the viewer to consume in one heaping glance, thanks to the small format of these glistening, structural, graphic, poetic inventions.

Arthur Secunda