Los Angeles

Carlos Mollura

ACME.

These meticulous inflatable pillows, organized in variously sized groupings, could be mistaken for kiddie flotation devices were it not that Carlos Mollura so obviously wants to make Art. Fabricated in heavy-duty polyvinyl-chloride film, these humorless pieces look, at best, like what Donald Judd might have hit on had he set up his studio poolside instead of in the desert.

Mollura’s work is not without promise, it’s just that lately it ignores the possibilities with which it began. A 1996 piece, Two 12 Foot Spheres, a shimmering mix of clear and shiny vinyl installed in the same gallery last year, successfully played with light and opacity. The enormous size of the globes almost blocked any movement around them; there was something giddy, even ballsy about such goings-on. A new piece, Untitled, 1997, rehashed this strategy but to lesser effect: a single opaque black ball, twelve feet in

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