For his New York debut, the French artist Floc'h presents numerous acrylic relief paintings on wood. These minimalist sculpture-painting hybrids owe as much to Russian Constructivism as to Arp, but Floc'h's sensibility is neither nostalgic nor derivative.
Forme 2 is a large oval panel with a black lozenge shape on the left like a stylized, cartoonish eye; Forme I is a sleek abstracted white fish shape. Elsewhere, black grids and multicolored eight-pointed stars are modest in scale yet effortlessly command large areas of wall space by means of an unexpected and intense emotional charge. Floc'h's work looks simple, yet it addresses complicated formal issues related to both painting and sculpture.
Floc'h, "Recent Work," May 4 - May 29, 1999, at Nicholas Davies, 23 Commerce, New York, N.Y. 10014.