Los Angeles

J. S. Carl

Paideia Gallery

Miss Carl presents a shotgun scattering of drawings, oils, and sculptures on a sophomoric level, hitting wide of the mark, and belying her educational credits. The drawings demonstrate an undistinguished ability in accurate illustration, and the paintings are rigidly confined in a search for the fractured volume of chisel-stroked simplified planes caught in a beginner’s maelstrom of fundamental problems. The small sculptures are worse, contenting themselves with limp abstractions and repulsive surfaces. Her ambitious but static “The Offering” and two small, restrained landscapes manage to look adequate-even outstanding in these surroundings. Carl needs assistance, not exposure.

Fidel A. Danieli