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1970–1979


FROM ILLUSION TO REALITY - THE MYTHOS REMAINS

It was a decade of significant change and acceleration: city loft living became vast country space; wood, stone, steel, bronze, and cement replaced paint, canvas, pencil and paper.

The Illuminations and Essence paintings of the late 60s and early 70s quickly morphed into the Inter-Actions and Spatial Shades. Three-dimensional illusion was retained and exaggerated; in mid-decade, three dimensions became real, but painted shape and line still remained and integrated over the various materials - the Component Integration series emerged. Eventually the artificial elements were left behind and pure constructivist sculpture appeared.

The first Components were exhibited at the Merton Gallery in mid-town Toronto in 1976. In 1977, these sculptures, and others, were exhibited at the Cobourg Art Gallery along with paintings: Iinter-Actions, Spatial Shades, and Essences.

As the Merton show was on, the first Gazer sculpture was created - a diversion, at first, a direction as it developed. When opportunity for large-scale exterior works was presented, the Gazers came to further fruition and by 1982, ten large scale works from this series were developed and created.

 

18

PENTAGONAL GAZER
1979
bronze alumina fiberglass cement
84 x 68 x 48 inches

 

 

2 1

WALL GAZERS
1979
bronze alumina fiberglass cement
72 x 60 x 24 inches

 

 

1

GAZER MONUMENT
1978
bronze alumina fiberglass cement
96 x 48 x 36 inches

 

 

 

1 2

left: SPLIT GAZER 1
1978
alumina cement on maple
23.5 x 11 x 10.5 inches

right: SPLIT GAZER 2
1978
alumina cement on butternut
26 x 12 x 12 inches

 

15

GAZER 2
1976
alumina cement
24 inches high

 

 

21

left: GAZER 1
1976
alumina cement on mahogany
28 x 12 x 9.5 inches

right: GAZER 5
1978
alumina cement on oak
30 inches high

 

14

COMPONENT INTEGRATION – TENSILE (ground)
1979
wood, steel, water, gravel
132 x 60 x 84 inches

 

 

13

COMPONENT INTEGRATION – TENSILE (wall)
1977
wood, stone, steel
90 x 36 x 15 inches

 

 

12

COMPONENT INTEGRATION – BEAM
1976
wood, rope, concrete, enamel
48 X 72 x 36 inches

 

 

11

COMPONENT INTEGRATION – CROSSED
1976
wood, rope, concrete, enamel
72 x 48 x 14 inches

 

 

10

FORMULATIONS ON 3 EQUAL RECTANGLES 3
1974
acrylic on paper/board laminate
22 x 30 inches

 

 

9

IMAGO YANTRA
1974
acrylic on linen board
48 x 48 inches

 

 

9

NUCLEAR ENCIRCLEMENT
1973
acrylic on linen
61 x 61 inches

 

 

9

VINCULUM
1973
acrylic on linen
72 x 84 inches

 

 

8

INTER-ACTION 1
1972
acrylic on linen
96 x 36 inches

 

8

SPATIAL SHADES 6
1973
acrylic on linen
78 x 96 inches

 

 

8

SPATIAL SHADES – BREAKTHROUGH
1973
acrylic on paper/board laminate
30 x 22 inches

 

 

7

STRUCTURE OF LIMITATION 2
1972
acrylic on linen
40 x 36 inches

 

 

6

CONTINUUM
1972
acrylic on linen
36 x 108 inches

 

 

5

KA BA LA
1972
acrylic on linen
40 x 30 inches

 

 

4

ESSENCE PAINTING 5
1975
acrylic on paper/board laminate
30 x 22 inches

 

 

2

ESSENCE PAINTING 4
1972
acrylic on paper/board laminate
30 x 22 inches

 

1

ESSENCE PAINTING 3
1971
acrylic on paper/board laminate
30 x 22 inches

 

 

EBB-FLOW ILLUMINATION
1970
acrylic on paper/board laminate
16 x 20 inches

 

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