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Leon Smith
Eclipse II (Abstract Minimalist Polished Steel Sculpture with Marble Base)

c. 2010

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Small abstract, minimalist mid century modern style sculpture Silver colored polished stainless steel and marble base 7 x 6 x 6 inches Marble base measures 7 x 7 inches Sculpture weighs about 15 lbs. This small, contemporary abstract silver colored sculpture made of polished stainless steel with a marble base is perfectly suited for a tabletop, pedestal, or mantle piece. The abstract sculpture is comprised of two pieces of circular stainless steel that are polished to give an almost mirror like surface. The pieces are separated and the larger one is angled, allowing for interesting changes in perspective. This mid century modern minimalist sculpture was created by Hudson Valley based artist, Leon Smith, as a small scale version of a larger outdoor installation. Artist Statement: Why I construct sculptures is somewhat of a mystery to me. I suspect, in some ways, it is a continuation of childhood play, where invention, improvisation and often a sense of mischief, are a key. The simple abstract shapes that I choose to work with give me the greatest freedom to manipulate and discover new forms without being bound by specific representational imagery. The opposing qualities of form are what engage me most. Balance vs. precariousness, stability vs. movement, and the organic vs. the inorganic. I play with these elements until another dimension appears and until the form is pleasing to me. I'm partial to the double take, the paradox, but only if the work's formal qualities con sustain interest and delight over a long period of time. About the artist: Born in Australia, it was Smith's first career as a dentist that taught him to make carvings and moldings. His sense of humor and that of his wife, Elaine, are at the epicenter of Smith's playful designs and titles. Riffing on simple, abstract shapes gives him the freedom to discover new forms and ideas. "The opposing qualities of form are what engage me most. Balance versus precariousness, stability versus movement, and the organic versus the inorganic. I'm partial to the double take, the paradox, but only if the work's formal qualities can sustain interest and delight over a long period of time. Smith's childlike energy knows no bounds, producing work that is at once amusing and sophisticated. Sure, he's 83 years old, but hold on tight when he drives you around in his golf cart! Touring the grounds of his studio and outdoor sculpture park in the Hudson Valley is no less thrilling than riding around with the Mad Hatter at Disneyland. (Please contact the gallery directly for information on tours). With the help of studio assistant and fabricator, John Brunese, many of Smith's spirited prototypes have been adapted for the outdoors. So while this exhibition will feature mostly small sculpture made of wood, steel, aluminum other material, take note that most are available in the 12 foot version. We met the artist back in the late 90's and she admits, I love Leon and his work just as much today as I did back then. You have to come see for yourself!

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  • Dimensions
    H 7 in. x W 6 in. x D 6 in.H 17.78 cm x W 15.24 cm x D 15.24 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2273943132
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