W. John MacMullen

Louise, 2008
Monochrome multi-materials assemblage (M3A). Fabricated wood frame, fabricated and found objects, adhesives, paint. 5.5 x 5.5 x 2.75 in.

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This piece is named for the artist Louise Nevelson (1899-1988), who inspired me to begin creating M3As when I saw her monumental sculpture Sky Cathedral (1982) at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in December 2007. Objects in this piece include golf tees and fabricated wooden dowels, which can be viewed as small-scale examples of the furniture components Nevelson employed in her assemblages (such as table legs). As a 21st century sculpture, the work includes more modern found objects, such as plastic bottle caps, a light bulb, coiled wires, and an automotive electrical relay. The piece also includes an example of the sunburst motif that recurs often in my jewelry and decorative art. In this instance, it appears that the sunís rays have been generated by the light bulb.

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