Basic skeletal and interior forms

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

Abstract: I am using skeletal forms with an emphasis on the ball and socket in relationship to space and floor. The large size of these skeletal forms offers me a subject that allows the development of sculptural themes that relate to the floor. Some of the pieces are well grounded in one area. The extensions of the pieces lift off the floor and produce another situation. These extended forms offer a means to collect space and offer a type of space modulation in addition to the tactile values which are fully developed. All of the objects in the exhibit were made of at least two kinds of materials. Among these combinations, forged steel is related to glazed and unglazed clay; clay in its natural color is held against areas flocked with nylon fibers. I do not feel a need to allow the material to exist in its natural state. If I feel polychroming to be necessary, then I will use this method to achieve an end. My type of forms relates back to prehistoric times--a type of digging out of the ground and discovering the idea of knowing these forms and of making them. I feel a certain sensation of ceremony or religious feeling towards these forms. Though my sculpture is placed upon the floor in various parts, I hope the mind of the viewer will regroup the parts into a whole. The viewer can recreate the parts into a totally different structure. The viewer can then recreate the parts into a life theme. Forms that had once lived together and are now separate are each typed with an individual life. The way in which some of the extensions move off the floor allows space to escape, thus producing a dead weight situation.

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Language: English
Date: 1971

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