Combinations and variations of related forms

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Clifton Andrew Prokop (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Peter Agostini

Abstract: Of the sculptures exhibited, the aluminum rectangular form and Column No. I were originally conceived as drawings. Columns No. II, No. III and No. IV are simple variations of the related geometric elements established in the drawings of the first two conceptions. The sculptures in the exhibit are composed of both organic and simple geometric forms. In order to successfully exploit the divergent qualities of the materials, the organic elements were cast by the lost-wax process. This process proved to be the best method of manifesting the more complex nature of the organic forms. The simple geometric forms were fabricated, making it possible to attain the smooth and undisturbed surface required for this part of the piece. In some areas of the pieces it was necessary to join the cast components with the fabricated parts to complete a volume. The joining welds were then eliminated to achieve a harmonious surface. Because of the required simplicity of the geometric forms it became necessary to eliminate as much as possible any indication of process or any other surface disturbance which would detract from the coolness of the form. The metallic qualities of the cast organic elements were softened by the use of a chemical patina. The subtle coloration of the organic elements juxtaposed with the untreated geometric parts created a deeper tension between the divergent forms.

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Language: English
Date: 1972

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