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Table sculptures

These small pieces that sit on a table were completed over a series of really cold winter days--
thus "winter table pieces." The warmer the weather, the larger my artworks. And conversely.

Movies (by Andrei Severny and ET) of 2 table pieces (click arrow at lower left of each screen to play):

Next a stainless steel piece, asymmetric and tranquil.

In the third piece, shown below, the vertical stainless steel plane is engraved
and also scribed with lines and curves on both sides.

The gestures in the metal grinding recall the color gestures in Sonia Delaunay's work,
although Nature's colors from sunlight on stainless steel are richer and and more subtle.

-- Edward Tufte

Another view of the winter piece with 5 metal elements.
The ash wood base is part of the piece, not a pedestalization of the 5 elements.

Below, the stainless pieces stand on a trapezoidal base for reasons of visual dynamics;
rectangular bases lack such dynamics. When, if ever, does skewing apply to rectangular
paintings, photographs, drawing paper, windows, computer screens?
There are surely some occasions when the rectangle needs to be something else.

-- Edward Tufte

Indoor studio, from left to right: a Bouquet, then a part of another floor piece from
perforated stainless; then on the table, one of the calligraphic engravings,
followed by 2 new table pieces documented above in this thread, then some more engraving pieces,
and a painted plywood excerpt from Picasso's Guernica.

-- Edward Tufte

-- Edward Tufte


At the top of this thread, we've posted some movies of the sculptures. The light on the pieces is fixed; the multiplicity of images is the result of the rotation. In the original HD format, many many frames appear as interesting still paintings. In movie- land, it is interesting to watch the flow of light across the pieces, as each area of the piece is activated by the flowing light.

-- Edward Tufte

Threads relevant to sculpture:
Ace and Porta do multimedia
Bird Series
Aluminum and stainless steel; many, many pieces moving in the air.
Bouquet sculpture series--and Walking, Seeing, Constructing
Beginning of Bouquet series (now 7); along with theoretical statement beginning the volume 5 project.
Buddha with Bird Nest: sculpture
Complex sculptural shapes
Dear Leader I: landscape sculpture May 2006
Narrative piece about some mysterious porcelain objects in a stainless steel perspective box.
Dog sculpture (Porta the Portuguese Water Dog)
ET Modern
ET museum/gallery in the Chelsea Art District in New York 2010-2013.
ET show at George Champion Modern Shop
ET gallery show in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Escaping Flatland sculptures
Ten large stainless steel pieces in the landscape generate many views and painted color fields as the sun moves across the sky and the season changes.
Feynman Diagrams, Edward Tufte sculptures and exhibits
The Conceptual and Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams. Art show + 16 page essay.
Flame Theater
Georgia O'Keeffe and Escaping Flatland
Hogpen Hill #1: sculpture installed August 2006
First major piece (24 feet light, stainless steel) installed in new 122 acre sculpture park underway in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Ironstone artworks, torqued steel
Magritte's Smile
Masks Quartet, 2011
bronze casting
Megaliths, Continuous and Silent, Stuctures of Unknown Significance
Stone+air artworks. Scuplture, megaliths
Millstone sculpture series
Massive industrial pieces sorting out circles and light. Redesigning and repurposing scrap from nuclear power plant.
Multiplicity in visual experiences (ET presentation for a museum show)

Nine reviews of ET's Aldrich Museum sculpture show
ET museum show in Connecticut 2009-2010
Paradox sculptures
Petals 1-3
Aluminum hyperbolic paraboloids in the landscape reflect light and shadow. The pieces move with the contour of the land.
Philosophical Diamond Signs
Philosophical alerts, imperatives, and thoughts about the path past and future.
Rocket Science
~32 feet (10 m) high and ~72 feet (22 m) long, and is constructed from ~48,000 pounds (22,000 kg) of rusting scrap steel
Rocket Science #2 (Lunar Lander)
Rocket Science 3: Airstream Interplanetary Explorer
Sculpture Forgings
Steel forging mounted on wood base. Blacksmithing video.
Sculpture: Negative space studies
Three table pieces; strong positive elements create active negative volumes (the air) to torque. Movies.
Seeing Around: New ET essay published
Skewed Machine
Spring Arcs, an ET landscape sculpture
Four solid stainless steel arcs in the landscape. Long thread, many photographs on meaning, construction, viewing of the piece.
Stainless steel images: anisotropic calligraphy
Big series of engraved 3D anisomorphic images that move with light.
Steel sculptures
Rough, thick, rusting steel, with surface images in the steel's patina.
The Drawing Center fax show: ET exhibits
The Twigs: Landscape artworks made from steel and air
The beautiful Twig. Steel, 32 feet high, with accompanying thread on reading the piece and the complexities of modeling large 3D objects.
Theater Museum artworks
Tong Bird of Paradise
Towers: a new memorial for 9/11
Visual complexities of light, shadow, perpsective. Perforated stainless steel.
ZZ Smile (Zerlina's Smile)

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