Los Angeles

Erik Gronborg

Silvan Simone Gallery

At Silvan Simone, Erik Gronborg’s recent sculpture displays a humor and lightness that is often whimsical. His taste and technical skill are evident in all the pieces, though one feels at times an over-emphasis on the purely decorative aspects of a style that is unusually versatile. Experimenting with various combinations of materials, Gronborg uses ceramic and wood as well as ceramic and steel, and these almost nakedly simple forms embellished with strips of color are joined together with a care and finesse that is expertly detailed. Pam Pam is a wall relief with a single shell-like form of marbleized ceramic set against a black and white background framed in wood. Muffinman is also a free-form relief employing a similar combination of materials. Sune is a tall ceramic and steel structure where the beautifully glazed ceramic section is strategically and dramatically striped with red. In his Obelisk one feels the sculptor more and the decorator less than in the aforementioned pieces which represent a totally new departure for Gronborg, as does most of the work in the current exhibition.

––Estelle Kurzen