Los Angeles

Linda Levi and Joan Jacobs

Esther-Robles Gallery

Closing the “Summer Program” Linda Levi, a young local artist, shows a grateful awareness of the plexiglass neo-Constructivist school forming in southern California. Using acrylic colors, plexiglass, canvas, and masonite, she forms layered boxes with semi-imagined fruit suspended in space. Much thoughtfulness has gone into this young lady’s series. Her last two pieces, one a strong green and the other a red organic shape, are by far the most resolved. The earlier pieces border too much on nice “kitchen” drawings mounted in a box.

Also in this last “Summer Program” showing is Joan Jacobs, another lady with an even more developed sense of southern California craft. She uses enamel on anodized aluminum constructions with plexiglass centers, containing chromed car parts. The circled centers bulge precisely out of square formats, turned to form a diamond. Not only in their craft, but also in their hedonism and formal arrangement, these pieces derive from a respectful grasp of Bill Bengston’s work.

The strongest personal touches in these particular pieces are her clean-cut colors, which make one think of outdoor playthings and sports. Along with these healthy sensual qualities is a strong sense of humor, as shown in her titles, American Bird and Gigameter. Of the two artists Joan Jacobs is much more involved in an outside world of shiny made things, while Miss Levi is concerned with an inner world of personal symbols.

Susan R. Snyder