Season V: Organic Lyricism
Eva Calder Powel - The sculpture presented here is of a mathematical shape called the Oloid. The oloid is a geometric object created by Paul Schatz in the 19th century. An oloid is formed when two identical disks intersect one another perpendicularly. The distance between the centers of the two disks is equal to the radius.
Alexander Rutsch - Dancers was cast in bronze from an original work in wood. Using sections of tree trunks and limbs, Rutsch assembled them to form two lively linear figures moving in space. The airy grace and wit of the Dancers celebrates life and nature as it evokes multiple folkloric and mythological references.
Peter Voulkos - Peter Voulkos has often been dubbed the father of the American Clay Revolution, otherwise known as the Craft-to-Art movement. In 1954, Voulkos’s hefty clay sculptures smashed the boundaries and constraints of utilitarian ceramics with three categories of work: “ice buckets,” “plates,” and “stacks.”
Dana Stewart - Whimsical and amusing at first glance, more in-depth contemplation of the fanciful creatures reveals underlying dark and enchanting qualities. Grimaces, snarls, stances, and other gestures convey an array of emotions, including fear, lamentation, and surprise
Magdelena Abakanowicz - Hand-Like Tree: Cecyna, a towering, 12-foot bronze, was formerly on exhibit at the south end of Central Park in New York City, This sculpture relates to other works by Abakanowicz in its simplicity of form redolent with the power of suggestion and emotional impact.
Mike Gyampo - Matters of the Moment continues Gyampo’s interest in traditional philosophical and aesthetic concentrations while giving vision to the combination of African and American influences. Regardless of medium, Gyampo’s sculptures always convey a basic and potent permanence that grounds them to the earth.
Larry Bell - Bell’s stick people come alive like highly abstracted Saturday morning cartoons that run, skip, cry out and drag each other across the ground. Architect Frank Gehry originally saw Bell’s figure drawings while the two were working together on an architectural project.
David E. Davis - Sound of the Fourth of July, from a series of Sound Towers developed for outdoor placement, stands twelve feet high and is assembled from stainless steel parts in a way that recalls the work of the Constructivists. Wing-shaped plates with geometric cutouts are suspended within
Herk Van Tongeren - Van Tongeren admired the Surrealists, especially Giorgio de Chirico, and he studied the Surrealists’ philosophical ideals. This is evident in his sculpture series Teatro, which is represented by three large works in the collection. All of van Tongeren’s works consist of geometrical