San Francisco

Clayton Gorder

William Sawyer Gallery

At the William Sawyer Gallery, Clayton Gorder showed an extraordinary group of stripe paintings on shaped canvases. It would be implausible to proclaim the appearance of another Gene Davis, but Gorder is certainly operating somewhere above the talented-graduate-student level at which so many professional artists in the Bay Area are content to stay. These are remarkably free and airy compositions, and they raise my spirits. The appearance of Clayton Gorder is good news for the local art scene, and his work itself is a source of exhilaration and good cheer.

Jerome Tarshis

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