Laddie John Dill

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

Laddie John Dill is a first rate artist. Dill’s three wall pieces in his PAM “young artist” show are neon tubes chromatically sectioned (two symmetrically, one not) and retaining the attendant working “gear” (transformers, wire, right out of Sonnier). You can take these works several ways: as pure color glow from the tube, as a luminous object, or a demi environment (piece, wall, gear, floor, light), and any way, they’re austere, tough, and pretty all at the same time. The floor piece, a pile of sand with a buried light, into which are stuck some glass panels with glowing edges (the light “creeps” up the glass), contrasts the materials a little too greatly and, in the end, debilitates itself as a sculpture rather than reinforcing his double effect.

Peter Plagens

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