Artwork of the Week: September 26

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Migrating Pedmarks. 2008.108

Lynda Benglis (American, born 1941), Migrating Pedmarks. Cast bronze with patina, designed 1998, cast 2008. 90 in. by 11 ft. Gift of The Apollo Society in honor of Georgia and David K. Welles, 2008.108. Georgia & David K. Welles Sculpture Garden

Working to balance abstraction and content, fleeting gesture and solid mass, Lynda Benglis explores how to take the painterly gesture of the Abstract Expressionists and translate it into three dimensions. To create Migrating Pedmarks Benglis started with equal-sized rectangles of clay, which she twisted, pierced, and marked in a variety of ways. She then built the actual structure by assembling the separate pieces into one form. The mark of the artist’s hand is literally embedded in the clay through her fingerprints. These potentially fleeting gestures are made permanent when the clay shape is then cast in bronze.

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