1999 - stone: Vermont verde antique serpentine; other: plate glass, LED lights
'Fluxus' is made from Vermont verde antique serpentine, a stone deep green in color, with the insertion of modern plate glass and neon. This marriage of materials was conceived of by the artist about fifteen years ago, when he first incorporated these same transmitters of light into his works of stone. The portion of the surface left in a raw state plays against the various textures of the direct carved areas, and the whole is accented with a bold slice of light. To the artist, the illuminated void represents the interior, an unknown space, the soul. Evidence of the quarrying is left intact by retaining drill marks or split surfaces. In some areas tool marks are prominent, indicating carving methods, whereas in other areas are smooth and highly polished, exposing the rich color of the natural material. This visual sequencing of process, from the raw to the finely polished, brings attention to the intervention of artist. Stone is a material that is hard, dense, and solid, yet yields to the artist's hand. The artist becomes a catalyst, revealing hidden properties of the stone while simultaneously imbuing the work with his creative force.