deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Slick, colorful, playful, and without a cohesive aesthetic, Gary Webb’s work has yet to settle on a recognizable style—he’s having too much fun. A carnival atmosphere pervaded his recent show, “Gary Webb: Mr. Jeans,” with nursery-school hues and shapes bending, arching, and trying to fly off in all directions. Just when we thought we had a handle on Webb’s style, we encountered Goolie Goolie Split, a mosaic wall of mirrors almost 30 feet long that brought to mind a similar work at Logan Airport, or Dorset Knob, a large-scale panel of brick carved into an enigmatic bas-relief representing a pair of arches, the hint of a face with unruly hair, and a cluster of complicated small forms. Webb constructs most of his work from molded or cast aluminum painted in primary colors to look like plastic, generally combined with consumer-friendly materials like stainless steel, glass, chrome, mirrors, brass, and resins. …see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.