Los Angeles

Chuck Prentiss, Earl Reiback and Fletcher Benton

Esther Robles Gallery

Chuck Prentiss, Earl Reiback and Fletcher Benton, all of whom have been around for a while, are the Three Artists shown in a group by Esther Robles, and the common denominator is a watchmaker’s way of dealing with electrically produced light. Prentiss uses a row of small filaments inside a mirrored box to give that “endless” effect served up with colored light and a contained format. That particular visual phenomenon always seems natively profound, little embellished or debilitated by what any artist does with it (one reason to avoid it), and Prentiss is no exception. The intent, moreover, is diminished by some installation defects—reflections on the glass, the noise and light of the boulevard seeping through the open door, etc. Reiback is the fellow who makes those black boxes with the translucent screens on which are projected the ever changing patterns (twelve-hour cycle) of what looks

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