Lawrence Weiner, now in his 70s, is a stalwart of language-driven art, a conceptual sculptor of thought. In his characteristically spare, potent new works at Regen Projects, brief phrases appear in vinyl block letters on the walls and floor.
The words live out a range of dynamic functions. They describe and propose. They present themselves as visual images and as poetic building blocks. They charge the architectural space. They hold equally taut the attention of mind and body.
For another long phrase arced across the gallery floor, Weiner frames each word in an aqua rectangle, the rectangles linked in an angular chain, the overlapping spaces spiked with lipstick red. The words scatter and they speak of scatter, of sand and stone underfoot. They invoke an ordinary sensory impression with the urgency and graphic punch of a Russian Constructivist poster.
Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 276-5424, through May 7. Closed Sunday and Monday. www.regenprojects.com