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Laddie John Dill

Sonnabend Gallery

Laddie John Dill’s first one-man show of sculpture at Sonnabend suffers from finesse. It includes three light pieces on the wall and two works on the floor that use sand, light and glass. Dill started as a painter and he is still preoccupied with qualities associated with painting. He learned about artificial light sources when lighting his earlier paintings and has now come up with argon gas tubes whose differently coated sections create multicolored bands of light. He uses them in simple wall pieces intended as straight color trips. The color is more refined and delicate than any I’ve seen before. Dill obtains soft, nonfluorescent mauves, light blues and clear yellows, as well as gem-deep colors and more conventional fluorescent hues. The look is low-key and smooth, like tasteful wall jewelry.

The light pieces are the most obvious outcropping of his interest in color and pattern. Other

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