Los Angeles

David Novros

Mizuno Gallery

That David Novros is from Los Angeles but lives in New York is informative: his latest shown works (a year and a half old) are products both of what is known as the Los Angeles “finish fetish” and the tough-minded New York “there it is; that’s it” outlook. Novros’s show is simple: two works, each twelve right-facing upright and upside down L’s, hung on opposite walls of the gallery cube. The panels, manufactured in fiberglass about half an inch deep, have almost imperceptibly rounded corners which help them function as paintings. Novros’s color has moved away from the earlier monochrome pearlescence into a variety, including ochre, Indian red, brown, dark green. The surface seems to have loosened up, too, at least in parts; the overspraying of a few L’s is cloudy and transparent.

The two paintings operate in dualities. One is dark, the other light, and, since one cannot see both simultaneously,

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