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Intricate Works at the Burchfield Penney Art Center
by J. Tim Raymond
Overabundance of Detail
Overabundance of Detail is primarily an exhibition of architectural intention, especially in those works that are, in fact, architecturally modeled in the finished state. It would be interesting to see the first sketch, the immediate recording of an idea, in order to pose the question, aside from all inspiration and spontaneity: Does the idea create its own form or does the form follow its own rules?
Particularly demanding construction predominates, whether freestanding or lying flat against the wall. In fact the “overabundance of detail” in the wide variety of media presented exemplifies the aesthetic concept of horror vacui, in this case a kind of pervasive armature of the artist’s specific intention to assure the final work will stand up visually under the additive pressure from incremental units of intrinsic design. Minute variations and delicate adjustments in content and form allow the viewer to focus intellectually on the artworks, examining them close-up in meditative contemplation. Precision too, may again bring the viewer back through the exhibit to observe the intricate facture of the artwork in scale, patterns, applications, tooling, and aesthetic reference points. Overabundance of Detail continues through July 3.
—j. tim raymond
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