Projects

Mr. Smith
Mr. Smith

Cast aluminum, plywood & components
2011
Height: 13', dimensions variable

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Cast aluminum, plywood & components
2011
Height: 13', dimensions variable

DESCRIPTION:

Tony Smith described his individual sculptural works as instantiations of a 'spatial matrix', an underlying mathematical and geometrical basis to the material world. Developed as a building system in varying degrees by Alexander Graham Bell and Buckminster Fuller, The system consists of a Tetrahedral grid that theoretically expands endlessly in all directions (Smith employed other geometric systems as well). Made of laminated plywood struts, triangular panels and cast aluminum joints, the piece privileges the idea of the system as much as the final sculptural form. Mr. Smith is a kit for making sculptures that adhere to Smiths spatial sense without directly quoting any of his completed works. The sculpture attempts to contribute to a material discourse of space frame systems through the design of a joint that maintains the integrity of the system while accepting either a strut or a panel in the completion of a form. This allows us the latitude to alternate between an emphasis on either surface plane or structure while playing with positive and negative space.
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