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Untitled (92-08)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Untitled (92-08)

Artist: Richard Rezac (American, born 1952)
Date: 1992
Medium: painted wood
Dimensions:
Overall: 35 1/4 x 71 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (89.5 x 181.6 x 29.2 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the Moskowitz family, 2003.364
Accession number: 2003.364
Classification: sculpture
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Label TextRezac's refined minimalist forms find inspiration in diverse sources, such as Shaker and Japanese architecture and the decorative arts. This signature work looks toward architecture, specifically Japanese fence making. Source: News, April May June 2004.
Rezac’s Untitled (92-08) may resemble a barrier, but the artist insists that the sculpture’s fence-like appearance should not be taken literally. Instead, viewers are asked to consider its deceptively simple, geometric structure. Untitled (92-08) is a synthesis of Rezac’s interest in the minimal aesthetics of Japanese architecture—which abides by the concept of less is more—and the clean lines and lack of ornamentation found in Shaker design. The unique, rounded top was applied “as an off-set to the otherwise flattened planes,” Rezac admits. The “open positive-negative rhythm of the form was of special interest when I conceived of [the] sculpture.” The open positive-negative rhythm Rezac speaks of is discovered when viewers follow the rounded top and notice when the work curves inward (positive space) a void is left between the curves (negative space). October, 2020
entirely unexpected