Los Angeles

“Drawing Show”

Ceeje Gallery

Of the three artists represented, Joan Maffei makes the best showing with her draw­ings. A few seem derivative of Miró but with a perspective that is all her own. Involved with the fantasy of children’s stories, or the ambivalence involved in children’s events, The Birthday Party is typical. Decorative forms and objects, particularly plant forms, take on a life of their own, often inspiring fear. Two large drawings in mixed media develop a vicious relationship between mother and child; the baby grasps in thwarted rage for want of the breast and the mother returns rage for rage in angry voice.

In the same show Lance Richbourg deals most excitingly with crayon draw­ings of animals; particularly dogs fight­ing, and dogs fighting pigs. The color becomes as vicious as the fights, and one finds oneself realizing the competitive ferocity of his statement. In his other, less resolved drawings one finds the identification intentional, for his vision of man is that of a beast; there are several studies of pig-faced men calling to mind Hogarth or Bosch. 

Marvin Harden is the most traditional of the group. His skillful pencil drawings deal with landscapes, trees, details of grass in a painstakingly representational manner. The most personal and freest drawings are large ones of organic, root-shapes and detals of land configuration. 

Barbara Smith