San Francisco

Tony DeLap

San Francisco Art Institute

An exhibition at the Institute and a $1000 prize have been awarded to Tony DeLap as this year’s recipient of the Nealie Sullivan award to working artists. Five of DeLap’s aluminum, plexiglass, and canvas objects are mounted at eye level. The viewer may view them or view through them. Whereas the wall pieces which preceded them suggested auditory devices, these, which are two sided (same on both sides), about three inches thick, and which have a small plexiglass peephole in the center, are more suggestive of eye instruments. There are dots or lines to line up. The Albers illusion of pyramiding steps is reduced to actual steps stepping back to the wee peep-hole window.

They might be a symbolic, idealized (the President’s own) moon shot sight—or bomb sight. The titles suggest that the viewer may regard these things very lightheartedly, an insight which is not too apparent without the clue.

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