We Are Losing Our Ozone

Larry Kagan (b. 1946) Artist
1989 Date:
Steel Materials
31 3/4 H x 34 1/8 W x 2 D Dimensions

Signed, upper right: L K

Marks
Gift of Georgina H. Williams via the Contemporary Art Collections Fund Credit
1992.17.4 Accession number

Discarded scraps of steel are transformed by the artist into illusionistic images that are accessible yet also challenging to the mind and eye. Larry Kagan is showing us a large ozone-bearing cloud rising from the Earth, destroying the atmosphere, which disintegrates chaotically into space. Kagan wants to preserve the "personality" of his materials, so he alters them as little as possible, leaving the mottled grays and rusts of the steel's surface intact, and bending the pieces only when necessary. He describes his method as "drawing directly with steel" until the pieces "come together like they belong together." This is his only work dealing directly with the ozone, but other Kagan sculptures reflect on issues of ecology, crumbling infrastructure, and pollution.

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