Downpour

welded steel
ht: 37"/94cm
1989


Small sculpture demands from the viewer a certain willingness for intimacy, enhancing the spiritual aspects of the relationship between artist and audience. Large sculpture, however, often asserts itself by mere force of presence. And because the raw materials for large steel sculptures are most often machined geometrical shapes that take great force to manipulate, those sculptures usually have a cool, mechanical feel.
I am more interested in subtle, organic qualities. This sculpture is one of a series in which I have explored the use of machined steel materials to express fine nuances using a minimum of violence to do so. My objective is to create forms less like those manufactured by a steel factory and more like a thought scribbled with a pencil.

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