San Francisco

Donald Haskin

Richmond Art Center

Haskin operates a local foundry and ap­parently casts the pieces of many peo­ple whose approach to bronze grew out of their work in clay. His approach seems to have grown out of their ap­proach and he uses it to cast wall re­liefs, figures and busts. Haskin’s tech­nique is assured and professional, but lacks imagination. He turns the nubby texture of clay into a decorative gloss covering a traditional, long-necked bust or tiny, lumpy figure and generally fails to merge texture with form. However, he mounts these busts on small, black wood posts which tends to prevent their crushed-paper surfaces from floating away altogether.

Jo­anna C. Magloff