los-angeles

Chuck Prentiss

Esther Robles

Chuck Prentiss is a young Los Angeles artist and an accomplished technician whose kinetic light sculpture suffers, simply, from the generic malady of this enterprise, which is to say that, observing his pieces, one is as much interested in the mechanism as in the effect. However, it would be unfair to dismiss his kinetic light constructions out of hand on this basis. Prentiss achieves extraordinary illusionistic appearances with ingenious and yet relatively uncomplicated means. All the works now at Esther Robles are boxes, none measuring more than about 2 1/2 by 3 feet; they have coated glass faces, with small electric light bulbs inside, affixed in varying configurations to bars which revolve programmatically. The kinetic mechanisms supporting the lights are obscured by the glass, which acts as a not-quite-opaque one-way mirror; the glass also conditions the color of the lights at various

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