Hammer pieces

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Dexter Noel Benedict (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Walter Barker

Abstract: The idea which has resulted in the "Hammer Pieces" is basically simple. It is the contrast in volumes, line, and planar elements connected by various linkages, emphasizing the point of confrontation. The most important aspect, in this regard, is the point of connection between the two parts, or as it has been termed, confrontation. The forms are all solid cast and stable, with no moving parts, although this possibility of movement is suggested. The patterns of the pieces are generally alike in that there is a tail section which is connected to a major mass. This form is then linked to a broad dominant plane, which is the other volume in the piece. The point of confrontation is developed as if it were a moveable joint in some pieces, and as a penetrating shaft in others. Thus, the pieces suggest both crude tools and developed mechanical forms. The connection between the hammer and its action with the individual pieces is greatly abstracted. Each form suggests its own limited connection. In some the tail piece refers to the handle of some primitive tool, with the dominant plane being a head used as a hammering or cutting blade. In other forms the suggested moveable link reflects a simple machine action of a pounding hammer head or blade. The abstract idea of the hammer, the reference to crude forms, and the emphasis on the confrontation of the mass elements, all tend to develop a sense of connection between the pieces and primeval man. These sculptural forms suggest objects used by a primitive culture for survival or use in a pagan rite.

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Language: English
Date: 1970

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