Los Angeles

Tony DeLap

Felix Landau Gallery

These recent sculptures mark a radical step in Delap’s logical development from a shallow picture plane to a fully realized, three-dimensional definition of space. First came the now well known inverse reliefs, then a bar-like lengthening, a gradual move to the bent bar and now a bent strip clean of all surface enrichment but color. The bellows-like step sequence into depth to an enclosed pierced hole invited viewer participation by arousing an air of expectancy of mysterious but functional usage. While the iconic enclosure is gone, except as space is now trapped in a mirroring reversed length, audience involvement is increased by the pieces’ ability to be manipulated. For the pieces are “side-less,” being drawn in space.

The three sculptures, each issued in an edition of six, consist of the blue single “Modern Times,” and the two enwrapped pairs, the red-orange and silver “Tango Tangles”

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