Los Angeles

Ronald Garrigues

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara

His work instantly re­veals a deep and highly sensitive feel­ing for the quality of wood, its texture, grain and color. These are indeed tac­tile-enticing pieces which one desires to handle, and it is this simple feature which constitutes their major appeal. Regrettably Garrigues’ pieces do not in­dicate the same high quality of understanding of form. His curvilinear twisted shapes are watered down versions of the sculpture of the 1920s of Gabo. Even the most satisfactory of Garrigues’ examples, such as Metamorphoses seems somewhat slick and unconvinc­ing as a total form. The materials and the way they are handled speak with vigor, but his language of form says little or nothing.

David Gebhard