san-francisco

Edward L. Higgins and Gerald Walburg

Reese Palley Gallery

Two simultaneous exhibitions at the Reese Palley Cellar featured, respectively, paintings by Edward L. Higgins and sculpture by Gerald Walburg. Although topologically interesting manipulation of a three-dimensional planilinear organizational schematic constitutes the predominantly intellectual appeal of the ten elegantly conceived and crafted pieces in black chromed steel which Walburg presented, they were nonetheless designed for wall-mounting and hence explored their geometric theme in terms of “frontal projection” rather than “in the round.” The essential abstract functional format adopted by Walburg for nine of the pieces in this show consisted of a shallow square “frame” partitioned by a tic-tac-toe grid into nine cubes. Although the symmetrical patterns produced by various partial realizations of this grid-frame are quite elemental, the resulting inter-involvement of open and closed

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