Los Angeles

Raul Angulo Coronel

Paul Rivas Gallery

An incredible pastiche of Eskimo-Mexican folkcraft was baked into sweetly rendered ceramics by Coronel, who can cook a mean potboiler, no doubt about it. His Jinete and Mujer, two women, one might guess Eskimo and Mexican, respectively, are slick mannerisms of folk images with a glossy overlay gleaned, it would seem, from a walk around the garden sculpture of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. On the other hand, Jardin Encantado, a figure imprisoned by a cross hatching of bars, is comparatively strong, but this is not being generous, really. Coronet’s craftsmanship is apparently first class; it should not be wasted on pretentious curios.

Larry Rottersman