The New York Times

 

ART IN REVIEW

Leif Kath

By GRACE GLUECK
Published: June 22, 2001

DCA Gallery
525 West 22nd Street , Chelsea
Through July 14

The Danish artist Leif Kath makes marks on paper and on canvas that state nothing beyond their own strong presence. The blobs, dots and linear scrawlings he produces look like accidents of pen, brush and paper, but his skill gives away the game. He can't keep from the viewer the fact that they are actually created with aesthetic aspirations.

Among his works on paper is one (untitled) in which snarls of wild, unruly lines incorporating circles and more esoteric squiggles are laid down on a tamer field of straight horizontal lines drawn in freehand. ''San Cataldo,'' a suite of seven ink drawings, has as its common theme bold white circles of different sizes strategically scattered on black grounds of varying density.

Mr. Kath's small acrylic paintings, in which bulkier shapes prevail, offer additional untrammeled imagery, in both black and white and color. But with one or two exceptions -- like an untitled canvas in which a fancy Moorish-looking grid of bold black arabesques and circles protects an area of squares hatched with fine lines in tender pink -- the works on paper are more impressive.

GRACE GLUECK