Review: 'Serious Candy' captures Terry O'Shea's elusive nature

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Terry O'Shea, "Runes," circa 1968, cast resin, 3 x 1/2 inches. (From Craig Krull Gallery and additionally the Terry O'Shea estate)
August 2, 2013, 5:15 p.m.
In the late 1960s and also early '70s, Terry O’Shea (1941-2002) produced some terrific works of art which are doubly invisible. they are possibly dismissed (as they were by the official organizers regarding Pacific standard Time), or even treated just like cute small sidekicks to the large guns of resin — artists for example John McCracken, Craig Kauffman and De Wain Valentine, whom put Los Angeles on the map by simply playing fast and also free with conventional distinctions between painting as well as sculpture.
In a new little facet room from Craig Krull Gallery, a new nifty little exhibition of 14 tiny sculptures as well as 5 page-size sketches suggests that if O’Shea had been alive nowadays he’d choose to possess his functions dismissed when compared with handled as souvenir tokens of the good old days.
Measuring just 3 inches long, O’Shea’s multicolored, multilayered resin sculptures resemble pharmaceuticals — not really the actual mass-marketed items churned out through large drug companies, but one-of-a-kind, very customized versions that seem to be as if these were.

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created by method of a renegade in a basement lab, every with almost all the precise desires of the specific recipient in mind.
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Likewise, O’Shea’s wispy drawings, made regarding different dyes dripped on to sheets involving paper, recall one technique regarding delivering LSD.
But the most important feature of O’Shea’s artwork is its furtive, even fugitive quality — its refusal to end up being able to have confidence in any intermediaries that might arrive between maker along with user, artist and also viewer.
O’Shea’s sculptures are generally tiny and his awesome sketches elusive since neither seeks your spotlight nor strives for comparador de cuotas that headlines. Even when displayed publicly, their own effects tend to be invisible, buried deep within the labyrinths of human imaginations, psyches and minds.
This will be underground artwork from its best: completely visible but available only to those who dig it.
Craig Krull Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, (310) 828-6410, via Aug. 31. Closed Sun. and Mon.


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