1993 - stone: Vermont marble
In the summer of 1993, Daniel Kainz was one of thirteen sculptors invited to partake in the Allentown sculpture workshop sponsored by Philip and Muriel Berman. For three weeks, he and his colleagues were given virtually free reign of two workshops, a factory stocked with state-of-the-art tools, machinery, materials, cranes, and anything else necessary to create monumental, finished sculptures to be added to the Berman collection at he end of this period. Kainz participated in the project and also ran the workshop’s stone yard. In the Spring/Summer Exhibition of 1995, Grounds For Sculpture exhibited nineteen works, some of which were made during the Allentown workshop and others made by the original thirteen participants and other artists at the same facilities. This group of works included Kainz’s Harmony 3, now part of the collection of Grounds For Sculpture. This marble sculpture was made by placing a single block of stone on a rotating turntable while a vertical blade made successive cuts to form a dynamic cascade of delicate ridges. The natural gray veins of the marble run along the twisting vortex of the interior of the sculpture create a visual counterpoint to the horizontal cuts. Consequently, the carved void becomes the nucleus of horizontal, vertical, and diagonal tension between two interlocking masses. The more natural, roughly dressed exterior of the piece combined with the wave-like interior invite metaphorical references to landscape as they demonstrate the artist’s appreciation and understanding of the inherent character of the stone and an eloquent mastery of technique and materials.