Circular Statements

The original body of work in the Circular Statements series was supported in part by grants from the Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation and The Vermont Arts Council.

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The work above is from the Cosmology series, work that explores ideas from space science. Left: Detail of Dark Matter, Middle: Detail of Globular Clusters, Right: Dark Matter installation view. This work was first exhibited at the gallery of the Vermont Supreme Court in 2013.
This body of work features two large pieces,both of which are 2-sided: All and Everything I (at left, side 1 and a detail of side 2) and All and Everything II (side 1). All and Everything is also the title of the magnum opus of G. I. Gurdjieff, a spiritual teacher and philosopher whose works my mother (who died in 2011) studied for many years. I used all the spray paint left in my studio, and everything I could lay my hands on to create images and designs on the faces of the disks. The work was first exhibited at the gallery of the Vermont Supreme Court in 2013.
Other work employing loose grids (like the work made for Nagoya, Japan, below) include series using the motif of letters (left) and numbers (center). At right, a print created for the 30/30 Print Project with the assistance of Jenn Koch for a 2012 exhibition and silent auction supporting the youth education scholarship programs of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and Burlington City Arts, in honor of the Flynn Center and BCA's 30th anniversaries.

Several pieces employing disks have been related to science. Above left is a Periodic Table from 2012, using 2.5" tin disks. This artwork employs a pretty traditional way of representing the chemical elements, except that instead of the element name being large and the atomic number smaller, I’ve reversed that. The atomic number is large and the atomic name is small, stamped into the metal at the bottom (a bit hard to see, even in the detail image). The groups are represented by the color of the disk, and the outer shell electrons are indicated by convex metal dots. At right is a commissioned piece, Disc Dance, installed in the Ecotarium in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Circular Statements body of work took a new direction with an exhibit created for ON THE PLANET in Nagoya, Japan (2010) that was mounted in connection with the UN Convention on Biodiversity. This work took the disks off the metal frame and allowed them to be loosely affixed to the wall with push pins, creating interesting shadows. The images above show the full installation at left (36 feet long, with spotlights creating egg-shaped areas), a detail of one of the areas, and closeups of the grids and their shadows.
Circular Statements (above) is a group of wall-mounted work that uses polychrome tin disks and buttons in a grid of fine steel wire. The disks are attached to a steel frame that holds the grid 2.5 inches away from the wall so that shadows are cast on the wall behind. In some of the installations of this work colored light is employed to create colored shadows.
Music of the Spheres (above) is an extension of this work in which the disks are liberated from the wired grid and attached to a galvanized wire frame in a more relaxed configuration. Disks now include painted vinyl records, cd's, and computer hard drives. In later versions of the work, individual elements fly away from the square modules.
The above two images are from an installation of plexiglass panels painted with transparent and opaque pigments. The panels are suspended from the ceiling, gently moved by a fan, and influenced by four white and colored lights on a timer.
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