Los Angeles

John Grillo

Ankrum Gallery

The expressive substance of these collages is a universe filled with moving particles which cannot collide. Enameled shelf-papers, wallpaper, braille imprints and magazine salvage are all included for pasting, but each surrenders its original identity in the matrix of form that Grillo imposes. His color scheme is dominated by yellow and white whose brightness he exploits to play man-made sunspots upon the viewer’s retina. And they do leave vivid after-images. Grillo displays a great capacity for spacial inventiveness in this series. Each collage is a new distribution of forms equally capable of continuous and silent floating through light. Despite the fact that the papers are fastened down, Grillo is able to evoke a spirit of absolute freedom for each moving particle.

R. G. Wholden