San Francisco

Group Show

Vorpal Gallery

This new gallery on Adler Place just off Colum­bus should be well worth watching. The young men who run it, Michael Elder and Thomas Valpy, are full of enthus­iasm and have interesting ideas for future shows. Elder says they will show quality work of any persuasion but the tone of this first group show is set by experimental young artists.

Among the best things in the exhibi­tion are a cast aluminum sculpture by David Lynn, in which two crushed, sensitively varied tubular forms are played off against the thrust of a large sheet, and a drawing by La Verne Gamm, Sodomic Episode, explicit in subject matter, rhapsodic in expression, in which a broad stroke with wash successfully indicates a volume and a fluent swish for hair is somehow touching.

Kenneth Botto does a series of small, fastidious collages and drawings. Don La Viere Turner, whose one-man show was the gallery’s first exhibition, does complicated silverpoint drawings and etchings, fantastic, sometimes grotesque, with debts to Goya and earlier demonists. In his large, silverpoint, Icarian, there is a strangely surreal lack of focus resulting from the way the faint thready lines and fragmented forms spread out over the surface. The gallery has a number of Iithographs with evocative, delicate imagery by Penelope der Yuen, who also has a large abstract painting in the show. Several of the contributors to the New Mission Gallery (Luis Cervantes, Wally Hedrick and Susan Kelk) are included.

Like most of the galleries in the night-club area, this one will be open nights instead of days. 

––Helen Giambruni