San Francisco

Group Show

Lanyon Gallery

Tom Holland’s recent painting is more vividly colored and freely organized than his previous work, but it still retains its powerful totemic significance. Holland’s current exploration of asymmetry is one of his many ways of maintaining a balance between iconic and natural forms, a balance he has also expressed by juxtaposing motifs with constructions and ritual rigidity with mundane symbols.

Charles Mattox builds sculptures that react to sound or other stimuli by performing remarkably beautiful hypnotic gyrations. From string, plywood, ball weights and a considerable sympathy to the beauty of mathematics, Mattox produces motion sculpture that accommodates itself to its environment in a manner almost utopian. However, the large sculpture on display is only successful in its top half which contains screens of string that swing when the machine is activated by noise. This sits on a table and underneath it is the machinery. The division is a bit too evident.

Ever since the California Sculpture Show assembled by the Oakland Museum last August, Robert Hudson has been showing welded sculpture that is among the finest in California for its free imagination and artistic discoveries. Hudson welds iron into boxes, eyes, entrails, caves and other impossible forms, making the whole collection somehow assemble peacefully. He then paints the surface in brilliant industrial colors and draws eyes, boxes in perspective, tunnels, etc., upon it. Hudson often hides these drawings and other objects (there is a pearl in the piece on exhibit) in the folds of his metal shapes. Reading his sculpture is a process of discovery that becomes increasingly joyful every time it is done.

George Miyasaki shows two of the best paintings from his display at the University of California at Berkeley last summer. Several paintings by Kishi, a Japanese abstract expressionist, are shown in a preview for his one man show at Lanyon next month. There are also some prints by another Japanese artist, Fukui.

Joanna C. Magloff