Art review: Ernesto Caivano at Richard Heller Gallery
Caivano is no one-trick pony. Nor is he unduly concerned with coherence, with working in a signature style that ensures nervous viewers he is focused and serious.
His drawings in "Relics Where ... " drift freely in subject, style and genre, deriving as much charge from what they leave out as what they include. Imaginary landscapes intermingle with exquisite still lifes. Birds, hands and tree stumps appear frequently. Mysterious packages wrapped in boldly patterned fabrics turn up, as does the silhouette of a Brancusi sculpture.
The clarity of instruction manuals echoes in many of Caivano's poetic evocations of indescribable moments. Neither giving too much away nor holding anything back, his rich little drawings strike just the right note.
– David Pagel
Richard Heller Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, (310) 453-9191, through April 24. Closed Sundays and Mondays. www.richardhellergallery.com
Images: "Not for Feathers" (top) and "Suspension of Elements (A Kind of Reassembly)," 2009. Credits: Courtesy of the artist and Richard Heller Gallery.