The Infinite Possibilities of Three-Dimensionality
“Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting.” When the American abstract expressionist Ad Reinhardt (1913–1967) coined this famous phrase, he was probably motivated less by a distaste for sculpture than by his general, uncompromising attitude as a champion of painting. He wanted, after all, to free painting from all responsibilities other than staying entirely true to its own existence.
Nonetheless, this quote has also been of interest to those of us who have a special place in our hearts for sculpture. A sculpture occupies space, and inevitably relates to the most obvious attribute of a human being: the body. Our capacities for moving around, estimating distances, and detecting textures with our fingertips, as well as our inherent drive to compile and interpret three-dimensional information all ultimately depend on our bodies. Incredible possibilities open up here, which have inspired artists in all ages to infuse material objects with beauty: in stone, bronze, wood, ceramics, glass, fabric, scrap, and plastic.
For us at CFHILL, dedicating two floors to our conviction that sculpture and the many incarnations it can appear in hold an infinity of possibilities has been something of a dream come true. Giving our visitors an opportunity to “bump into” sculpture, and to wonder and marvel at its diversity.