Los Angeles

Ray Sparks

Art Center in La Jolla

A surprising first show. Twenty-two oils (The Silent Revolution) and twelve ink-plus-watercolor (Sumi-Enogu). The oils comprise a set of plastic meditations sort of punctuated by, but not really related to, the sanskrit word with which each is entitled. The paintings, all vertical, are whiter than that crazy whale, and then some cloudy areas (rose, yellow, blue) form here and there, and then all is whitened again. But the clouds aren’t really diluted and retain some weather, an odd shy vigor.

The twelve ink-and-watercolor exercises are no better and no worse than any other western idea of eastern movements, and add nothing to the show. But then they don’t need to. It’s up and about.

John Reuschel