San Francisco

Joe White

New Mission Gallery

White, a young painter in his mid-twenties, has studied with David Simpson and Seymour Locks at San Francisco State College. The direct influence of these two men is nowhere found in White’s exhibition of recent paintings. The paintings themselves reflect White’s preoccupation with a science fiction cosmic imagery. The imagery has to do with surrealism, but filtered to White via science fiction illustrations. The colors White uses are thinly applied and so appallingly ugly that they must be intentionally so. Spatially, the pictures are ambiguous and overly packed with incidental details. Regardless of the obvious shortcomings in all the current pictures, this young artist has a great intensity of statement which will continue to carry him through any style he should choose.

James Monte