On one level, it is trying to restore to abstract sculpture the resources of plasticity and mass. On another, to manifest the spiritual weight and potency that I find present in ancient art.
In particular, the archaic Greek kouroi and kori have been important to me. The decisive uprising and standing of these figures, the freely sensuous yet rigorous plastic articulation, the resolve and inner luminosity of their bearing, I find uniquely compelling.
I've tried to make a kind of abstract sculpture that could stand with this kind of necessity and naturalness, by marrying the constructivist ideas of spatial openness and juxtaposition of discrete forms, with the ancient tradition of shaping a plastic mass.
Related as much to the way ancient metal pouring vessels and utensils were formed, as to sculptural works per se, my method of working involves taking a simple plastic substance (clay) and subjecting it to a set of clear forces; in particular a kind of extrusion pressure is important, generating elements that achieve a kind of natural expressivity as this simple logic is deformed and inflected at the juncture of parts and at crest or end points. This kind of forming can be seen, for example, in the curled or pinched lip of a pitcher, or the way the extruded cross section of a handle splays out to meet the body of a cup.
Another ambition for these recent sculptures is expressible in a musical analogy: the combining of two kinds of sculptural articulation -- plastic modeling in concert with the abutment or enjambment of discrete elements -- makes possible a type of sculptural polyphony. Within the over-all stance and unity of the work, plastic motifs are announced and answered, transformed and repeated in differing rhythms and scales, in ways comparable to musical counterpoint.
I exhibit at the Salander/O'Reilly gallery in New York. [See Resume] I graduated from Harvard College, studying with the art historian and critic, Michael Fried, and worked at St. Martin's Art School in London with the sculptors Anthony Caro and William Tucker.