New York

Charles Arnoldi

Robert Elkon Gallery

Charles Arnoldi’s exhibition is his first of paintings. All seven of them—five large and two small—are identical in concept, and all are named after streets in Venice, California: Mildred, Rose, Wavecrest, Navy, Market, Pico and Ozone. They look something like thick multicolored bundles of telephone wiring. Each is composed of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of short, narrow stripes that chaotically overlap and intersect each other. Though the colors of Arnoldi’s stripes tend to be muted, they cover the whole visible spectrum and include black, gray, gold and silver as well: thus the general look of each of the paintings is fairly bright. Their density is such that one has, at once, an illusion of depth and a sense that they cannot be penetrated.

Just how Arnoldi came to these pictures from the work for which he is best known is mysterious. He is a Los Angeles artist, associated, according to

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