Los Angeles

Vija Celmins

Mizuno Gallery

Vija Celmins’s graphite drawings are, in spite of the represented landscape space and/or distance, extraordinary in their power. One feels confronted, hit in the face with the images.

There are fourteen small drawings: six views of the moon, seven sections of ocean, one (late) sky which is comparatively negligible, and one large oceania. The moon drawings are taken from satellite photos and involve several variations: “interior” rectangles of magnification or differing views; renderings of glare a la current cinematography; straight down relief-map-like views and more orthodox elevations with prominent shadows. The only exception to darkish views of craters are two “light” drawings of a smoother, rilled topography. The ocean sections tend to be uniform from margin to margin, except for the pointed water ridges and crescent hollows getting smaller in the distance; in a couple, however, there

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