|George Stones midcareer survey titled Probabilities is an ambitious collection of nine large-scale installations by this important Los Angeles artist. A new piece, Paparazzi Garden (hybrid), greets you as you enter. Three paper parasols are attached to long mechanical arms that extend from the high ceiling of the gallery. Tree branches wrap around each arm, lending them formal warmth as well as setting off mental collisions. They are like kitschy robot flowers that slowly scan the environment with an apparent life of their own, the parasols gradually opening and closing. The works scale and suggestive power strike a humorous chord with an ominous undercurrent, a combination that Stone consistently exploits.
An extended version of Fault Line is a masterful evocation of Southern Californias tenuous geology, its constantly shifting tectonic plates, as large glass panels marked with text along a 90-foot wall continually move in relation to one another. Even modestly scaled works such as Circle of Deceit (The Last Game), with steel marbles over a targeted circle on the floor and two mechanical hands, or The Medium, with a small TV facing upward on a table, are powerfully evocative.
Paparazzi Garden (hybrid), 2003,
mixed media, dimensions vary.
Fault Line," mixed
media, dimensions vary.