san-francisco

Terry Allen

Michael Walls Gallery

Before a recent suspension of its exhibition schedule pending imminent relocation in more adequate premises presently in preparation, the Michael Walls Gallery exhibited drawings by Terry Allen, a young native of Wichita, Kansas, currently living in Los Angeles where he graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute. Allen displays a precocity of graphic dexterity as well as of graphic wit in a cartoon style owing much to such by-products of the Hippie sub-culture as the Zap Comics and their prototypes in “camp” psychedelic cartoon posters. In a rather prolific output of mixed-media spoofs (using mostly ink, pencil, and pale pink, blue and yellow color washes) Allen elaborates a slapstick Surrealism of funky Freudian fantasies, inhabited by tube-tentacled, cloth-limbed schmoos in grotesquely obscene postures, and abounding in youthfully audacious funk-slapstick imagery, such as water-closet

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