Expression and material

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Marcus Kidder Heffelfinger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Walter Barker

Abstract: The works exhibited represent a resolution to the problem of immediate expression in sculpture, a resolution usually found only in painting. The exhibit grew out of a need to think faster and a simultaneous need to work faster. My previous work was with cast polyester resin and therefore excluded spontaneity in its quantitative nature, requiring calculations of length, volume, time, etcetera, prior to working. At the time of the exhibit, the work is in the form of reliefs and therefore basically two dimensional. The format of the relief allows for the increased working and thinking speed. The dimensions are within my arm span and in this sense allow for a working rhythm and body movement that is consistent with the material. The importance of this working method is in its application to the attitude of the artist. The material is nonprecious, and therefore allows one to proceed without caution. Because there are no quantitative parameters, thinking does not have to preceed working. It is by these means that one may employ spontaneity and chance. That is not to say that there are no prior considerations or that there is no continuity of purpose, but that the considerations do not become commitments.

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Language: English
Date: 1974

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