San Francisco

Charles Mattox, Harold Paris, Stephen De Staebler, and Wilfrid Zogbaum

Lanyon Gallery, Palo Alto

Four of the major sculptural talents currently working in the Bay Area, gath­er to throw their support to this up-and-­coming peninsula gallery. All of them have exhibited in more depth in the recent past, and all were featured in the concurrently showing “California Sculpture” exhibition at the Kaiser Cen­ter. Particularly striking was the “edi­tion” approach used by Mattox in pro­ducing a series of identical examples of one of his construction-machines in miniature form almost as a printmaker makes a series of prints for wider dis­semination. Zogbaum's large sculpture, centered in the showroom, dominated the exhibition with its cerebral, clean, faceted surfaces. Harold Paris' moody castings, with their suggestive imagery, provided a strong and somehow comple­mentary contrast. De Staebler's clay forms share the quality of emotional evocation, perhaps more lyrically, which the Zogbaum works, by their very nature, shun.

The exhibition sparely but clearly demonstrates four major areas out of which so much of the good West Coast sculpture has grown: the clay experi­ments represented by De Staebler, the welded construction of Zogbaum (par­ticularly strongly centered at the Uni­versity of California at Berkeley), the cast bronzes which have re-invigorated the entire Berkeley movement, and the constructivism represented by Mattox. The Lanyon Gallery continues to gather what may become the strongest gallery group of any in the area.

––James Monte