santa-monica

George Stoll

Angles Gallery

To get at both the delicacy and the humor of George Stoll’s ongoing holiday project—the holiday du jour is Christmas—there’s no better place to start than his deft drawing of Christmas lights in a blizzard, Untitled (christmas lights, white sphere), 1999. Here, the artist has drawn variously sized circles in white pencil on white vellum so that the snowball circles of “lights” almost disappear like bubbles in champagne or a Ryman in a snowstorm. It’s a brazen, funny, and entirely sweet way of reducing art to its barest essentials—representation degree zero. You almost have to take it on faith that anything is going on at all.

Such subtle but precise use of materials is a hallmark of Stoll’s work. At Angles, “tinsel” Christmas garlands quietly adorned a few corners and walls of the gallery in lazy, leisurely smiles of artifice, meticulous accumulations of slivers of hand-painted aluminum

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