Art Galleries

Stephen De Staebler: The Sculptor's Way

When: Sept. 9-Oct. 10 2009

Stephen De Staebler's life-size ceramic statues may be familiar to Bay Area art mavens of a certain age, but younger artists might also go have a look-see. Assembled from stacked blocks of multicolored clay, and dubbed with titles like "Segmented Figure Column" and "Figure in Hollow Plinth," De Staebler's weathered, eroded statues (or fossils) suggest the archaic and archaeological while somehow adhering to modernist tenets of synthetic, reimagined form --quite an aesthetic accomplishment. It's powerful, beautiful sculpture, with a romantic and existentialist vibe for those attuned to that frequency, and this beautifully mounted retrospective (despite the lack of art-history didactics that the work seems to invite) is not to be missed; if you do, however, slugabeds, Dolby Chadwick Gallery in SF will be showing De Staebler in January. The Sculptor's Wayruns through October 24 at RichmondArtCenter(2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond) or 510-620-96772

DeWitt Cheng

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