Monthly Archives: June 2012

Stones – Squares – Uncertainties

Square I; graphite on paper, 32″ x 48″, 2012

Square II; graphite on paper, 32″ x 48″, 2012

Square III; graphite on paper, 32″ x 48″, 2012

Square IV; graphite on paper, 32″ x 48″, 2012

Top Corner, Doubled I; graphite on 2-ply vellum, 19″ x 24″, 2012

Top Corner, Doubled II; graphite on 2-ply vellum, 19″ x 24″, 2012

Top Corner, Doubled III; graphite on 2-ply vellum, 19″ x 24″, 2012

Top Corner Piece

Granite Wall in Studio; 108 x 54 x 5”, 2005

Installation of Granite Wall

Granite Wall (back); 108 x 54 x 5”, 2005

All Vertical Edges of Granite Wall; graphite on paper, 32 x 48″, 2012

All Horizontal Edges of Granite Wall; graphite on paper, 32 x 48″, 2012

All Internal Edges of Granite Wall; graphite on paper, 32 x 48″, 2012

Granite Wall is 1.5 tons of granite, broken into pieces I can move. Assembled, it is 108 x 54 x 5”. I created it in 2005 and have been learning from it ever since.
For the past two years, I have used it to create drawings by rubbing graphite on paper placed over the stone. You can see more here.

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The first four drawings are squares, made with the vertical edges of the four largest (and heaviest) pieces of the sculpture.  Can you find me lifting number IV?
With a different tool and with a different motivation, one could get a “squarer” square that satisfies a different need:
measurements are as good as the tool used, and accuracy and certainty are relative and task-dependent.
My task is to revisit the breaks I made and create
new relationships between the parts
and see what the stone offers.

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p.s. I have a new video camera: more to come soon.

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