San Francisco

Wilfrid Zogbaum

Worth Ryder Gal­lery, U.C.

Zogbaum’s sculpture, like all good art, has that most powerful capacity to kindle in our imagination the complicated orchestration of perception, sensation, notion and intuition which we feel to be the innermost and deepest content of art, be it poetry, painting, music or sculpture.

A Bird in 25 Parts is one work among the many he currently exhibits. In common with all his other works it shares the same noble and fine sculptural touch that consistently dis­tinguishes his art, but in addition, has a certain technical innovation of inter­est. As the name implies, this piece con­sists of twenty-five parts. That is, fif­teen thin-walled 3/4'' steel tubings, nine solid steel connecting rods, a “weld-on turn” (the head) of forged 1/4'' mild steel plate welded to a smaller diameter steel pipe. The pieces are finished in a baked­-on vinyl, over a sandblasted and phosphated surface. The sculpture, weighing 200 lbs. and 8' 6'' tall and 6' 10'' by 4' 8'' wide, can be disassembled and reassembled at will for purposes of transportation.

Of all artists, the sculptor is most plagued with practical problems. He must consider transportation, weight, handling, packing at the same moment that he considers the most delicate and fleeting questions of esthetic measure­ment. The title A Bird in 25 Parts may be taken as a most richly ironic com­mentary on this problem common to al­most all sculptors. That this banal cata­log of 25 pieces of metal can be trans­ported and assembled into a lovely work of art over and over again is one of the prevailing miracles of the sculptor’s art.

John Coplans