Sunday, October 7, 2012

Song of the Welder

Douglas Bentham.  Five Sculptures.  Essays by Terry Fenton.  National Exhibition Centre, Swift Current, Saskatchewan, 1991.
Sculpture entitled "Song of the Welder" by Saskatoon artist Douglas Bentham, exhibited at the National Exhibition Centre March 1-27, 1991. Created in 1989/90, it is described as "steel, rusted and painted."  In addition, "The suspended cone gives the sculpture a blunt yet ambiguous expressive presence."  Blunt yet ambiguous?  Who writes this stuff?

The interpretive guide explains, "The constructive sculptor's job has been to take more-or-less discrete parts (among them manufactured or fabricated shapes found in the industrial scrap pile) and arrange them into configurations which have the unity and expressive power of art."

His later work seems more evolved to me.  See Douglas Bentham.

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