Los Angeles

Jose Montanes

Orlando Galleria, Encino

Known for tasteful and cloyingly textural urchins along a sophisticated Keane line, this Spaniard has been sidetracked to a series of grotesque variants. The studies, flesh-colored monochrome oil isolated on dark paper, are shallow caricatures of stunted and limited actions; parodied attitudes of standing, sitting, listening, etc. Not without coy wit, the artist’s evident poverty of formal, anatomical, and compositional invention is only confirmed. Montanes is serving up swift distortions of his own mannerisms. The earth colors and slippery full modeling suggest their final realization as ceramic knickknacks—a whole new field of profitable exploitation.

Fidel A. Danieli