Martin PuryearFebruary 4 – March 16, 1984
The first ten year survey exhibition of sculpture by artist Martin Puryear will be presented by the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from February 4 through March 16, 1984.
Puryear's abstract sculpture is handcrafted of wood and other natural materials and ranges in form from linear to volumetric. Much of the artist's imagery is derived from the organic, such as the Anthropomorphic Self, 1978, a cedar and mahogany sculpture of human height and scale suggesting a "biological version of a cylinder." Bask, a dyed pine floor sculpture of 1976, is a long, slender form that billows in the middle. Its rounded, swollen silhouette evokes a whale or a seal basking in the sun. The exhibition will also include several of Puryear's recent series of painted sculptures based on the circle such as Tango, 1982 and Dream of Pairing, 1981. Each of the irregularly shaped circles appears as a line on the wall, but is actually an object with volume. The artist refers to the circle sculptures as "drawings in wood." The exhibition will include more than twenty of Martin Puryear's sculptures.
Martin Puryear, Arkon Bwah, 1973, willow
wood, rope, 28 x 57 x 7 inches, 1984,
photography: Creative Services,
University of Massachusetts