San Francisco

Tio Giam­bruni

Mills College Art Museum

The basic components of Giam­bruni’s sculpture are solidly blocked-out forms with spikes or tendrils for accent and detail. He controls the volume and space in his pieces by spiraling and con­voluting their masses. Giambruni is work­ing with a biological idea that is sup­posed to be at once fearsome and shel­tering, both predator and hermit. Thus, the sharp extensions balance the inward­turning direction. The simple, rounded shapes give these small pieces bulk and presence which enhances the intended tension without altering its character. Everything in these works functions but the pieces fail to be arresting, largely because Giambruni poses his problem and then proceeds to solve it too effi­ciently. There is too much diligence in his sculpture and not enough vitality. 

Jo­anna C. Magloff