San Francisco

Seymour Locks

New Mission Gallery

Things, places and events are clues to the sources of Locks’ sculpture. The piece entitled The Brown Moon, for example, is truly a place—a place with a blue plateau which looks like a cheap cotton throw rug, upon which rests a wooden disc with copper appendages. The wooden disc doubles as the moon, which is in turn a thing resting on the blue carpet, which is a place.

Earlier examples of Locks’ sculpture were distinguished by the obsessive manner in which he covered the entire surface with nails, spikes, wire, etc., achieving an optical effect of feverish mobility in which one’s visual perception was constantly interfered with by the adjoining agglomeration of shapes. The works were viewed as events taking place as the eye traveled across the assembled surface.

Locks’ recent sculpture avoids earlier excesses by stripping the surfaces of all unnecessary material. The formal elements gain correspondingly in importance and strength. The exhibit shows Locks as a West Coast sculptor of major importance.

James Monte