Los Angeles

Michael Brewster

Cirrus Gallery

In the other-than-pejorative meanings of regionalism there must be an entry for indigenous style. Whenever a place is sufficiently nurturing or provocative to engender a look, technical or iconographic, among a number of resident artists what is shared and why should be considered. Los Angeles and its environs seem to foster experimentation with perceptual situations, most of them about light, often sunlight, as is evident in the work of such locals as Bob Irwin, Eric Orr, Maria Nordman, and Jim Turrell, all of them well known. Less well known, but at work in an area congruent with this group, is Michael Brewster. Brewster uses sound rather than light as a space definer. He considers himself a “sound sculptor,” arguing that the peripherally confined, frontal nature of sight makes it a perceptual relative of painting, while the 360 degree “scan” of hearing resembles more the three-dimensional

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