Los Angeles

Joel Schiller, Arthur Jacobs, Bettina Brendel, Lucille Brokaw

Los Angeles Art Association

In this exhibit, a good majority of the works were done in a confining technique. It seems that this limitation caused more energy to be present in the results.

Bettina Brendel in “Sound Pattern I” uses curls of high quality white drawing paper on a white ground to create a sensitive movement. Joel Schiller in “Voyage” employs plaster on board to form a relief sculpture. The format is a rondo, and the piece, done in metallic browns and greens, is moving enough to make the viewer think of the subject interpreted and not the means. In “Maternal Bliss,” Lucille Brokaw keeps up an Indian look by combining bits of woven blankets and chipping painted wood to form her enchanted mother and child dolls. The free flowing patterns of colors in Andrew Staley Wing’s “The Source of Spring” are of his own invention. Working out of doors, he slips a second color beneath a first layer of acrylic paint whose surface has already dried from the heat of the sun. These canvases are mounted an inch or two above several surrounding wooden planks which have been treated lightly with color. For the means used, the total effect is most poetic. And not a tour de force but requiring as much labor, Arthur Jacobs’ constructions are a network of strings stretched from pin point to pin point. The geometry devised fascinates the eye looking for optics. Finally, J. B. Thompson casts small metal sculptures of great formal interest.

Molly Siple