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4.5x4.5x19 PAINTED ALUMINUM ON A SLATE BASE
Portfolios: COOL ASCENT
Location: ARTIST STUDIO
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Thank you for bringing this new piece to my attention. I appreciate your steady and prolific artistic output, and desire to push your forms in new directions. Cool Ascent employs an unusual amount of repetition and stacking of forms when compared to your now familiar signature construction style. Rather than asymmetrical and cantilevered appendages, this sculpture has a solid and central core of similar crisscrossing pieces. The opposing variable directions of the aluminum bars, or spokes, ultimately cancel each-other out and result in a visual stabilization. Because there isn't a predominant trajectory counterbalanced by an opposing force, this new piece has less connection to mechanical or aeronautic design, frequently evidenced in your other work. I'm also intrigued by the manner in which the metal sculpture meets its stone base. The small architectural anchor at the base of the piece echoes the crossing of linear elements, but does so in a vertical-horizontal orientation. Rather than meeting the slate base perpendicularly, the diagonal cross activates this final connection. Sometimes your titles offer a context for these tectonic plates and bars, but the title here simply reinforces the strong vertical movement of the sculpture. While the repeated diagonals create a dynamic tension, there's nothing undirected or erratic about Cool Ascent. While the "coolness" can be intimated in the low chroma gray hues, it can also be viewed as orchestrated containment of energy. It's as if your work is becoming more concentrated.
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