New York

Will Mentor

Laurie Rubin Gallery

Will Mentor’s work has splintered off in so many directions that it is difficult to see what binds his output together, besides the artist’s facility with paint and composition. His recent show is composed of representatives from the various styles he has been working in: geometric abstraction, atmospheric painting, and a sort of surreal cubism. Though Mentor swings with technical bravado through this museum of styles, his work provokes little more than routine visual interest. Mentor invests much more in his impeccably glazed surfaces than in the development of an individual sensibility or an informed critical relationship to the work he mimics.

St. Joes, Missouri, 1988, features stripes that resemble the pattern of product code bars set over floating yellow squares. The piece is placed in an intricately carved and gold-leafed frame. The juxtaposition of old and new here is painfully

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