PRINT December 1964


Wynn Bullock at the Toren Gallery

Like Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock is deeply concerned with the problem that has been uppermost in man's mind since he began to think in abstract terms: his interrelationship with nature in the cosmic scheme. But whereas Adams seems to reject man as an unimportant and accidental manifestation (mountains are eternal; man's life is fleeting; one man is very like another), Bullock seems always to look at nature subjectively—the natural world around him exists for his possession and enjoyment. Adams calls attention to the grandeur of nature. Bullock's nature is intimate, personal, a symbolic extension of man's philosophy. The redwood tree in the forest dies, but the horsetail springs up in its place, feeding on the decaying tree. Moonlight reflected from a river flowing into the sea is important only because man sees it, and the scene enriches his life.

Bullock is tolerant of man's foibles, often

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