Los Angeles

Ken Glenn

Ryder Gallery

Recent sculpture by Ken Glenn extends in a variety of esthetic directions. Several welded steel arabesques—Tightrope and Trapeze—are truly engineering achievements. Elongated figures articulate the surrounding space, not by moving through it, but by resting in it in a state of improbable equilibrium. Modulated pointillist surfaces contrast with and relieve the rigid system of balanced arcs and curves. In a second group, Arplike organic masses spring from footed bases. Glenn here exhibits a feel for the richness of irregularly rounded metal; brushed highlights glow against murky depths. Mostly bronze casting, these sensual pieces constitute the most successful works in the exhibition. Stylized, realistic figures fare poorly in comparison.

Virginia Allen