Los Angeles

Leonard Kaplan

Wooden Horse Gallery, Laguna Beach

After a several­-year absence, Kaplan has returned to the southland gallery scene with his same romantic figure studies. Realistically and sensitively rendered in char­coal and rust conté and engulfed in mist-like washes, they have unfortu­nately been ruined by an unsuccessful gimmick. Ostrich feathers have been glued to the surface in random spots. They stick out most unpleasantly, ap­pearing corny and contrived. The only selection to achieve successfully the bizarre, mystic quality evidently striv­en for is “Eos,” a female figure draw­ing superimposed upon a lithograph of seashells. Otherwise, the artist will make more non-feathered friends.

Charlene Steen