Los Angeles

William Dole

Rex Evans Gallery

Dole brings a new dimension to collage with his highly controlled water color-collage technique. In “Tower of Babel,” the familiar fragments of familiar entities are arranged into constructions revealing great humor. They are predominantly quiet statements concerning human pomposity and their message is readily discernible; Dole’s depth and continuing appeal lie in the slow revelation of Dole’s mastery of selectivity and formal arrangement. The irony is immediate, his method of achieving it is subtle. In other works, oriental influenced, the familiar fragments are present only as a point of emphasis or departure, compositional touchstones. Immediately apparent is a breadth and depth achieved through the use of color nuances. Dole’s mastery of water color is confirmed. Controlled washes produce ethereal sky-like effects or rich, substantial solids. They have the serenity of Chinese washes. Against the simply stated surfaces, solids seem suspended within limitless space. The imagination is captured only to be released again into contemplation. The quality of Dole’s washes lies in the control. One color or tint is laid over the other without loss of integrity, giving the pure tonalities one finds in sunsets. His solids have the rich feeling of earth. Within this spatial magnitude, he makes a statement, small and human, related as man is to his universe. Dole is self-assured. He knows what he wants to say and says it with absolute control of his medium.

Louis McCann