San Francisco

San Francisco

various locations

The most interesting art event of the spring season was the show of new sculpture by Robert Hudson at the Michael Walls Gallery. Hudson has abandoned the jolly multicolored structures of earlier shows; the predominant if not the only color on display here was battleship grey. In a more fundamental sense, however, this work is consistent with, and builds logically upon, the gaily colored Surrealism for which Hudson is known. The outstanding formal enterprise here is a thoroughgoing discontinuity, a relentless twisting and disappointment of the viewer’s expectations.

It is possible to examine some of these pieces and find astonishing formal jumps foot by foot, if not inch by inch. True Blue is, to begin with, an industrial looking wheeled object. The wheels are industrial and the dull blue and grey paint is industrial. But discontinuities keep jumping in. Above the smaller pair of wheels is

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