Los Angeles

“Gallery Group”

Ceejee Gallery

An undistinguished show only slightly held together by the sensitive offerings of Louis L. Lunetta and Roberto Chavez. Lunetta’s small etching Mexican Crucifixion, an off-center, tilted, sensitive crucified figure surrounded by angels, is transformed into a color print as Crucifixion of Mexico with angels sacred and profane seated on arms of the cross, with other double face forms and hands carrying a muted and colorful image. The regal Saint Teresa is a royal Madonna holding the Christ crucifix among roses and leaves. Chavez gives us a large number of small varied wash drawings about the Christmas story—a mother and child and group of shepherds in black and white wash are the best, reminiscent of Goya. Directly in the back room a starkly confronted portrait of a moustached man on a rich blue ground brings hints of Chavez’s larger painterly intentions looking for a way. Bernards Cohen’s Spider Hunt and other etchings betray loosely organized undigested ideas in need of more serious composing devices. Ray Brown’s stark horrific etchings of mutilated scarred forms and double figure paintings point toward surreal overtones, a momentary awe of past appearance and present ennui.

S. C. Schoneberg