Fabricated from pre-printed, recycled steel, aluminum rivets. Over 575 metal triangles are cut, folded, and riveted together in a traditional quilt pattern. The individual triangles are tilted at various angles, distorting the appearance of the pattern depending on your perspective. This is similar to words that have an entirely different meaning depending on the context in which they are used.
This concept is further revealed to the viewer by the dial which rotates at an angle for the viewer to read. A few of the words on the dial are: realize, issue, critical, state, etc. All of the words have more than one meaning; words that belong in both an art context and other facets of life. Many of the words on the dial are also visual puns to the concepts and construction of the piece itself such as pointed, angle, material, perspective, vision, degree, etc.
This sculpture was featured in several photos in the book Manufractured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects. There is an entire chapter about my work! The text by Mara Holt Skov and Steven Skov Holt is very informative and an interesting read. Witnessing the Weight of Words is also included in the book Found Object Art. CLICK on the book title or image for more information.
On the top level of the scale the regular pattern on the sides erupts into a disoriented, tenuous arrangement open for interpretation.
Through a Plexiglas window at the front of the pedestal a dial slowly rotates with an electric motor for the viewer to read the following words:
DIMENSION, STATE, REALIZE, DELIBERATE, ISSUE, ANGLE, CONNECTION, BIAS, PERSPECTIVE, REFECTION, MATERIAL, VALUE, CONSTRUCT, REVIEW, CRITICAL, SUBJECTIVE, VISION, CONTEXT, POINTED, PERCEPTION, CONSTRUCT, DIRECTION, COMPLEX, DEGREE, INCISIVE.
Permanent Collection of the Racine Art Museum, Racine Wisconsin. Philadelphia
20" height x 18" width x 18" depth Photo Credit for all images: Philip Cohen
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