Los Angeles

Euan Macdonald

Roberts Projects

EUAN MACDONALD'S DRAWINGS and paintings tend to fall into a few basic categories: There's the twist on reality; the obvious but unconsidered; the unexpected occurrence; the capturing of the elusive; the answer to a what-if question. They look like sketches you might make to help explain an idea, if you were concerned enough about getting it right to put in a little extra effort. When they work, they work, and when they don't, there's dearly no saving grace. This makes it easy to separate hits from misses, and Macdonald came into this show with a pretty solid batting average.

Most of the works here (all 2000) were of the what-if variety: What if a limousine weren't just stretched, but also twisted? What if an airplane's wings went limp? I got the picture every time, but ultimately it didn't really matter one way or the other: In a culture awash in plays on objects and images, it takes a

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