San Francisco

David Lynn

Richmond Art Center

A young Californian sculptor recently out of the University of California at Berkeley, David Lynn is showing a group of lively pieces cast in aluminum and bronze. His work is abstract and has a bold, free, rhythmic character. There is an original spirit expressed here which at the same time shows its debt to two of his teachers, Harold Paris and Peter Voulkos. The strongest aspect are the movements of his forms. They flow, undulate, rise, fall, recede and come forward in a rich, intricate, lyrical and exciting way. This all-out use of rhythm results in a unified, harmonious and cohesive image.

The weakest aspect of his work is his form. In some of the pieces it tends to be general rather than specific. This is true of his most ambitious piece, a twenty foot long and rather lyrical arch cast in aluminum called “Mississippi River.” Here the image is all rhythm and the form seems arbitrary. This is not true, however, of the piece called “Merce-dipsomania,” which incidentally is my favorite Lynn work in the show. Here the forms are strong, clear and exact, without losing any of its rhythmic force or freedom. It also has a sense of scale, a sense of image and a dramatic contrast of movements more than the others. In all, Lynn’s work has a freshness and freeness and a natural feeling for sculptural form.

The choice of gallery space is unfortunate. The long narrow corridor with its confusion of doors and windows on both sides intrudes annoyingly on the attempt to experience the sculpture being exhibited.

Sidney Gordin