San Francisco

Julius Schmidt

Worth Ryder Gallery, U. C. Berkeley

Exhibits four drawings and fourteen iron castings. Schmidt makes an issue of his craftsmanship, rather than his art. Onto simple, but elegant shapes go columns, heads and shields. He creates richly decorative surfaces by working directly on his casting core. The subsequent forms are cast into iron, this pedestrian material becoming strangely beautiful in his skilled hands. His art seems to be that of isolating and recreating for the viewer the intense nostalgia of time worn surfaces.

John Coplans