Los Angeles

Robert Thomas

Esther-Robles Gallery

Robert Thomas’s recent work is a group of bronze and wood sculptures, the majority of which are painted. The wood pieces are most successful, full of a whimsical fantasy. These wood pieces are painted with an obvious desire for a rough crudeness, in keeping with the artist’s handling of carved woods. Most entertaining and playful about these pieces are their interchangeable, movable parts, mostly balanced and mounted on some form of tastefully integrated stand. The complexity of these parts becomes so profuse that one is left wishing the artist would simplify his configurations. As they are, the best idea (the interlocking, interchangeable pegs and parts) is lost in a playful and casual structures.

Susan R. Snyder