Linen, acrylic paint, and aluminum, 2014
22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Charlotte Jackson Gallery
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Revered throughout the California art world, Tony DeLap is a pioneer of West Coast minimalism and Op Art. In both his paintings and his sculpture he uses playfully illusionistic techniques combined with perfect craftsmanship. He is a skilled magician as well as an artist, and brings some of the spirit of the magic trick to his art. Here the unconventional shape of the piece, the hard-edges, the witty interplay between flatness and the sense of space, and the suggestion of a hand of cards are typical of his work—as is the idea summarized in the title. What appears simple at first sight turns out to be a complex visual concept. Never happy to be called a minimalist, he has said “I donʼt want to minimize anything. What I want to do is complicate.” DeLap lives and works in Corona del Mar. Laguna Art Museum is planning a major retrospective of his work for 2018.