Karl Kasten, Elmer Bischoff, Herman Cherry, Hassel Smith, Sidney Gordin and John Haley

Karl Kasten is interested in the manipulation of paint, and setting colors in jewel-like relations; for example, small impastos of bright reds, blues and actually metallic gold with broad fields of black. Elmer Bischoff is also interested in paint quality; if the focus is on the subject of the picture, the brushing seems nonetheless to be the artist’s real interest, the inactive figures only vehicles for rich fat paint, opaque with white. Herman Cherry, who has recently come back to the University after several years absence, exhibits torn paper and scotch tape collages. Hassel Smith has just adjusted his style from abstractions of clownish form, such as we see here, to actual cartoons which parody hairdos, new cars, twist dancers and such from the immediate scene. This show exhibits the first example of Sidney Gordin’s new work, though a full exhibition will occur soon. This Gordin piece is a framed low relief abstraction of jigsawed forms glued flat and painted yellow and white, and is transitional in the move toward actual two dimensional paintings, reversing the tendency for painters to become sculptural. John Haley’s paintings are abstract but always refer to the sense of place, with colors straight from landscape, but usually hot and autumnal; ochre is the most persistent color. It is refreshing to note that the University has a staff of artists representing many attitudes and directions, and that they are changing and growing as artists. The students from such a department should be prepared to develop as individual artists without too much dedication to impulses they inherited without the possibility of selectivity.

Knute Stiles