Socrates Sculpture Park

John Sanders

Website: http://www.johnsandersart.com/Site/Home.html

Exhibition: Grass Roots Art Energy, 1991

Heat Wave, 1991
Steel
8'2" x 10'4" x 4'8"

The new sculptures exhibited at Socrates Park were executed in 1991. They show the new direction of my work in steel, which has now been ongoing for approximately twenty years. Through the process of forging, which I have incorporated in the execution of my most recent sculptures, I am attempting to open up and contrast the natural gravity of my previously massive and solid steel sculptures. By twisting and bending shaped steel plates and intersecting them with solid geometric elements in the work, I am happy to see that the final results show several contrasts, such as gravity and lightness, movement and rhythm, extension and contraction. Through the addition of the process of forge bending to my method of working, which already includes flame carving in direct masses (related to my experience as a stone carver), my visual vocabulary has been enormously enlarged, and I am quite excited by the work which lies ahead of me and sits before me even today.



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