Los Angeles

Leonard Esbensen

Herbert Palmer Gallery

Leonard Esbensen’s variations on the square as a square are the last word, and he manages to get a few in edgewise. Viewed right side Op or Op-side down, his Whiff, Sniff, Biff, and Wow, aside from their distance from one another (which is relative to their distance from the viewer) and their optional implications which are inner oriented, evolve through a whole spectrum of continuities which, broadly speaking, maximize the minimum. The earthiness of his sculpture is belied by the fragility of his materials, papier-maché treated with plastic resin. A plethora of prurient fecundity, his Yepigregrebl is all that and more. How much more is entirely up to the viewer.

Estelle Kurzen

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