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Wood, paint, steel
11 x 11 x 11

Location: Grady & Preston


Value: $3,000

Artist Statement

The way I judge the relative success or failure of a sculpture is the way it balances two states of being, one as an object and the other as a metaphor or concept; the thing itself versus the ideas embodied in or by the thing. As an object, some of these might be; is it interesting to look at? Does it read equally well from all sides? How does it address site and problems of scale? What are the relationships between surface and form, and do they make me want to ask more questions of the object and its intentions? As an idea, does it primarily exist as a statement of fact or opinion? Does it reach further to become as much of a question as it is a statement? Is it primarily personal, or does it reach for some aspect of a universal approach?

If the work vacillates between these two states, giving each equal weight, my hope is that this will cause it to live longer in the mind of the viewer and allow them to use it as a vehicle for reflecting on their own experience, and will reward multiple viewings with a rich inner dialog about that experience, an exchange which I see as the role of art in the public sphere.

Jim Respess
McGuffey Art Center
201 2nd Street, NW
Charlottesville, VA 22901

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