Los Angeles

Virginia Carpenter and David Brockmann

Canoga Mission Gallery

Carpenter makes the most of her collage materials; colored transparent tissues, layered and blotted, torn and cut, stained and transferred. Structured into columns or more often massed at the center and surrounded by pronounced contrasting accents, they strike a pleasing balance between the informal and tasteful. The vivacity of the color and the controlled randomness suggest a spirited gaiety. A smaller, serious number are denser with painted newspaper. Her arrangements of spots and dots makes a reappearance in abstracted and invented ink drawings.

Brockmann’s earlier welded assemblages are small but massively weighted, architectonic groupings. In these appear his concern for repetitions of a modular unit—formerly enclosing or spreading—now opening outward. An unraveling spiral movement and a fan motif appear in concentrated vigor in Multitude of Sins, Organic Movement, and a series of serrated Crustacea. Segmented, folded wedges, in the last, spring sequentially round, out, and upward. Reading best from a broad view, the painting of the interior sections with a single pure color suggests several pertinent directions of development.

Fidel A. Danieli