Socrates Sculpture Park

Michael Hall


Exhibition: Sculptors Working, 1988

Waltz Stele, 1987
16' x 8'6" x 7'7"

Hoppers, scoops, bottles, jars, barns, cribs, barges, dumpsters, incinerators, blast furnaces, and kilns -- these objects are all associated with the collecting, compacting, processing, storing and disposal of bulk materials and refuse. Unencumbered by specific container functions, my constructions are conceptual and visual abstractions that blend forms and metaphors and posit questions. When is a library simply an exalted form of dumpster? Is not a dumpster a vernacular reliquary? As forms, the sculptures are folded and configured into shapes that seem to gather, funnel, house, or consume. As metaphors, they accumulate and retain the residues of dreams and memories, as well as fragments of my own poetic conjectures and artistic speculations.

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