2002 - metal: steel
John Henry’s linear, assembled sculptures cut through space in a dynamic fashion. In many of his works, energy moves from the center of the composition, where long narrow elements overlap, and radiates outward. The illusion of precarious balance achieved through the carefully thought out placement of a limited number of rectilinear forms adds to the sense of arrested motion. Calling upon his engineering knowledge, Henry is able to construct his pieces to appear to float, as if the elements were immune to the laws of gravity, touching each other by chance and not by force. Many sculptures by this artist are commissioned for public sites, and thus he designs these sculptures to interact appropriately with their environs, choosing materials and finishes accordingly. Even though they share basic characteristics—simplicity of form, linear elements, and limited range of color, for example. Henry’s work has developed through nuances of change and refinement of details.
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