los-angeles

Italo Scanda

Dorothy Goldeen Gallery

It’s odd to see Italo Scanga’s work, which is centered around an unabashed, almost rural emotionality, in smoggy, urbane Los Angeles. At their most successful, his sculptures, paintings, and drawings are bursting with earthy energy. Made from strange ingredients—wood, harvesting tools, fake fruit, real flowers, musical instruments, and other found objects—these pieces reveal Scanga’s love both of the man-made and the natural.

The show was divided into three major sections and a shrinelike vestibule. In the latter section, the works are titled Composite (with different subtitles) and all dated 1981. These are charcoal drawings in simple wood-plank frames, whose edges overlap. The drawings are densely scribbled-in; their execution is crude, almost childlike. They include combinations of figures, images of plants, and what look like internal organs and cuts of meat. In front of each piece

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