Untitled, from Suspended Sphere SeriesArtist(s)Todd HoyerObject Creation Date2000Medium & Supporteucalyptus, wireDimensions
40 1/4 x 16 9/16 x 6 3/4 in. (102.08 x 42.07 x 16.99 cm);40 1/4 x 16 9/16 x 6 3/4 in. (102.08 x 42.07 x 16.99 cm)Credit LineGift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto BohlenLabel copy
Born 1952, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Lives and works in Bisbee, Arizona
Untitled from Suspended Sphere series
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen, 2002/2.146
Hoyer employs a variety of techniques, such as carving, weathering, burning, or splitting wood, but avoids cutting and assembling. The Suspended Sphere series reflects the artist’s concern with sculptural and structural integrity and is based on looking at the outline of the vessel as a solid form. Despite appearances, the piece was created from a single block of wood. According to Hoyer, the sphere represents purity of form: “Amidst the trials of life, as displayed on the surface of the form, there lies within a calming, centered purity of the sphere.”
(Out of the Ordinary, 2010)
March 28, 2009
This piece—carved entirely from one large piece of eucalyptus—sets up a striking contrast between the perfectly formed sphere in the center and the two blocks of coarse wood that sandwich it. Hoyer, who specializes in working with each piece of wood’s unique characteristics, carved the large horizontal blocks to reveal the oily eucalyptus wood’s sinewy, rippling qualities. The sphere is evenly wrapped in a thick and rusted wire.
The artist describes his Suspended Sphere Series as a representation of the pure inner form—here the ideal shape of the sphere, which lies inside any rough solid vessel, from a tree trunk to a carved wooden bowl. Hoyer has said, “There is a calming perfection of the geometric form, which I search for. Amidst the trials of life, as displayed on the surface of the form, there lies within a calming, centered purity of the sphere. The wire-wrapped and rusted surface of the sphere binds and contains the ancient soul.”Subject matter
Based on looking at the outline suggested by negative space of a vessel as a solid form. The sphere represents purity of form. The piece was created from a single block of wood.Physical Description
A sphere, wrapped in rusted wire, is sandwiched between two hefty, rough hewn, chunks of wood.
freestanding multimedia wood sculpture, with rectangular wood base and top sandwiching a small wire-covered sphere at centerPrimary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object Typeabstract sculptureAdditional Object Classification(s)Wood and WoodcarvingCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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Abstract (fine arts style)
carvings (visual works)
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spheres (geometric figures)
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