Los Angeles

Michael Todd

Arco Center

If the Manzanar photos argue the Americanization of the Japanese, Michael Todd’s sculptures do the reverse. With names like “Kakebana,” “Moribana,” and “Daimaru” attached, Todd is obviously after associations with the Japanese art of flower arrangement. What’s in a name? Well, Todd’s sculptures are astonishingly delicate and arranged like . . . flowers. The components are bulky pieces of steel detritus, and consequently it’s no mean achievement that the junk is arranged with such grace. Some of the sculptures are monumental—one is ten feet high—but they seem weightless. Almost the work of a draughtsman rather than a sculptor, these works are arranged rather than constructed. Outside the laws of gravity, they seem to float rather than stand.

Of the 12 sculptures on view, Homage to Morris Louis is the centerpiece. It’s as if Cy Twombly made a line drawing of a George Rickey. Homage has a

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