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Exposed 2015
Helen Day Art Center
Stowe, Vermont

So, the painter, Jean Michel Basquiat, was once asked “Do you ever comply with the request to describe your work?" to which he responded
“I never know how to describe my work.”
When pressed to answer if he then felt it was important not to be able to describe it, Basquiat said “It’s like asking Miles Davis how does your horn sound? I don’t think he could really tell you."

For myself, creating this sculpture started out by establishing a formal premise or idea and conflicting that premise with my own artistic process. For a premise, I developed two basically identical geometric shapes that, although abstract, are pretty much familiar in most people’s experience. These two shapes are measured, for the most part, in whole numbers. Numerical order adds a subliminal message of stability. I used shifts in symmetry and alignment to create a competitive tension between the two protagonist shapes.

The intercepting part dividing the two has some common qualities yet is measured, for the most part, in fractional numbers. Although divisive, this central fractional intrusion suggests a dialectical process that results in synthesis, resolution and aesthetic balance.

The sculpture has a strong and aggressive presence. I find it challenging and thought provoking in many ways.

I’ve been asked if it’s a deli stand, a jewelry display case, a prison, a satellite, and what was
I going to put inside it, what does it do, when was I going to finish it? Is it spiritual or political. Could
it represent the revolt of the status quo? etc etc. Most of which it’s hard to argue with, as these ideas are all valid considerations.

My intention here is to set a stage where the sculpture realizes itself somewhere between the viewer's perceptual experience and my own.