Document Type

Gallery Guide

Publication Date

10-7-2005

Abstract

"Sculpture is characterized in the Encyclopedia Britannica as an “art of representing observed or imagined objects in solid materials and in three dimensions.” Viewed in this traditional sense, it refers to art works recreating in a medium the natural appearances of objects or ideas in the mind corresponding to these features. Today, the practice of sculpture has evolved beyond representational stone carving and bronze casting to include a variety of abstract constructions using fabricated materials including plastics, cloth and even light itself. Kendall Buster’s sculptures honor portions of the classical understanding of sculpture. They are elegant formal three-dimensional constructions embodied with classical beauty, but are not solid, weighty objects. Rather, their open airy spaces are often constructed of visually transparent membranes that allow the spectator both visual and physical access into their interiors. Buster’s forms do not mirror already existing forms. However, their formal structures constructed of steel armatures, cloth and cables reference the symmetry and regularity found in natural biological structures."

Comments

Published version. Haggerty Museum guide entitled: "Highrisevessels: Kendall Buster" (2005). Permalink: http://www.marquette.edu/haggerty/documents/busterhighrisevessel1_catalogue.pdf. ©2005 Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University. Used with permission.