Los Angeles

Joel Barletta

Dilexi Gallery

These paintings depend for their interest on the tensions inherent in a space divided into a number of slightly out-of-whack rectangles. The colors are generally ele­gant dark browns, blacks and greys, but the pictures fall short of elegance due primarily to what appears to be a quite naive concept of edge and paint applica­tion. These pictures seem to be an at­tempt to work out of the manner of abstract painting which dominated the past decade, but Barletta has yet to accomplish his aim.

Don Factor