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Multiplicity in visual experiences (ET presentation for a museum show)

In preparation for a visit by some museum people to our sculpture fields,
Andrei Severny and I have made a short movie showing several of my pieces.
Our visitors will see the real works outdoors in the landscape along with the
more contemplative and focused views of the pieces moving in the movie,
as well as prints showing the pieces.

This combination of real-land pieces, a movie, and still-land images is to
demonstrate the multiplicity of visual experiences available from certain art works.
The name of the proposed show, for many reasons, is Multiplicity.

[This is a large, 33mb, Quicktime file.]

-- Edward Tufte

A presentation to a museum for a show

Today a museum's director and exhibitions director visited the sculpture fields at Hogpen Hill Farms and we have agreement on a substantial ET sculpture and sculpture print show in 2009. I believe museums are much better than commercial galleries for my work; indeed I have avoided dealers entirely. My earlier shows (In New York and Los Angeles) were both at small museums. The 2009 show will be about 10 times larger, with considerable indoor space and a 1.5 acre sculpture garden.

It turned out they had already pretty much decided to offer me a show before they arrived and by about halfway through the 90-minute walking tour we were discussing where certain pieces might go in the museum and its sculpture garden.

We then went indoors and watched the movie (above, but on a 30-inch monitor) and they particularly liked the engraved pieces (second and third in the movie) which they hadn't examined outdoors earlier. So the video served to focus attention on the smaller-scale pieces after a walk around the big works outdoors. I then showed them a print of a small-scale piece to make the argument about the multiplicity of sculptural views in real-land, movie-land, and paper flatland. The movie also made the point that we should show movies in the show.

The overall presentation was self-exemplifying: a sketch, scattered over 20 acres, of what a museum show would look like.

We then negotiated through 12 items and found complete agreement.

The movie helped to shift the focus at a relevant time and to make an good subsidiary point. Of course the more important matter of whether to do the show had been decided by a walking tour several months ago and then reconfirmed by today's walk and talk.

-- Edward Tufte

Threads relevant to multiplicity:

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.
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.
Table sculptures
About a dozen major table pieces in wood, steel, stainless steel.
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)

Threads relevant to video:
Flame Theater

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