San Francisco

Wilfrid Zogbaum

Dilexi Gallery

Zogbaum’s sculpture transcends any attempt to categorize it. This is the innate, mysterious and unique quality of any good art. The perpetual efforts of art pundits to create pegs on which to hang their own pet theories artificially divides the indivisible; for great art is an experience which transcends categorization. That which has profound meaning on its own cannot be restated—thus the dilemma of art criticism. Zogbaum’s sculpture is a rare experience in contemporary art, not because of his technical virtuosity but the holistic* quality of his imagery.

But, even technically, few contemporary sculptors equal him in his control over materials based on the industrial methods of working metal by means of cutting, forging and welding. In a hitherto unpublished statement he says: “Everything that enters into a piece (of my sculpture) is a manufactured or ready made major or minor part. Some

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