Shapesphere's aside, 1994—1995 - John Newman
About the Work
About Shapesphere's aside
With a cryptic reference to the Bard as its title, this sculpture offers both a surreal brain-teaser and a study in quirky, irrational form.
About the Artist
About John Newman
In the 2009 exhibition Instruments of Argument, for example, small-scale sculptures represent the artist's new direction with an unpredictable and sometimes humorous tone. In Saffron Writer's Block With Blowback, for instance, extruded aluminum, paper, wood, foam, aqua resin, epoxy enamel, and oil paint are combined in four parts, creating the abstracted shape of a triton horn—the small bottom end like a black net, the middle neck distinctly wood-like, and the top, like a porcelain dish, holding a crumpled piece of paper with red markings over typed words. The titles of his sculptures provoke further inquiry and speculation, with each element meant to bring the viewer closer—as close, the artist says, as one gets to "food, babies, a lover, or a book."
Newman has had over 40 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in galleries and museums through out the United States, Europe and Asia. He is represented in many public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Albertina in Vienna. He has received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rome Prize, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as other organizations.Read Less
DescriptionCast polyester form coated with white latex stucco paint; cast polyester form coated with stove black paint and burnished; hand-molded Kozo fuber handmade paper bulb form, coated with thin layer of pink pigmented acrylic paint; mounted onto hand-ground sandstone rock.
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