Los Angeles

DeWain Valentine

Los Angeles County Museum of Art and University of California, Irvine

In two concurrent shows, DeWain Valentine perpetuates old interests and ambitiously tackles other issues long associated with modernist painting. Using thin, long and precariously sharp sheets of glass which are joined together with semi-transparent silicone adhesive, Valentine has created a number of larger-than-life-size structures which approximate functional architectural elements. They include a series of free standing towers, a beam connecting two walls, an arch and a stunning double pyramid; they present a notable shift away from the solidity and density of the previous work in glass and cast resin. Yet evocative structure, border ing on spectacle, still dominates the artist’s intentions. One stands in awe of these forms primarily because of their unexpected material.

One might ask what’s wrong with spectacle. Simply, it is ultimately disappointing; it does not meet the expectations

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