San Francisco

Jarvis Rockwell, Bruce Conner

Batman Gallery

The Batman, San Francisco’s principal voice of Neo-Dadaism, has recently reopened under new management. Very little is changed; the walls still black, perhaps the worst color of all to enhance art works. The drawings of Rockwell and Conner, on the other hand, are very choice indeed. Both derive from surrealism. Rockwell is a master of minute detail within an overall plan. He does the cityscape which at first glance seems entirely normal and ordinary. On closer examination the city is rotten to the core. The attack on the metropolis is, by indirection, an exaltation of the individual. Conner depicts the individual directly, with all Surrealist respect for the individual consciousness. Both are master draftsmen of thorough discipline.

Robert Olmsted