SPECIMENS by

MYRNA BURKS
NEW YORK 2004

Foreword

hat strikes me about this work—several things: it is inexplicable . These forms have no inherent meaning, they are just what they are, as they appear. This is pure creative form, non-mechanical. They follow rules of their own, dictated by physics and a working method - a method that remains mysterious to the viewer. The circle, being perhaps the most primal form is very attractive (it attracts); I would even say it’s irresistible. Geometric circles of minimalism look mechanical, device-driven, whereas these Specimens have no obvious hand or machine in them, no ego. I respond to the physical qualities of these, they’re gritty-earthy – and also sea-worthy – elegant natural forms - like suns floating in space. On the physical plane these shapes are interruptions: liquid spheres are interrupted by paper before they naturally explode. Do they explode or just break? Collapse? Disintegrate? I don’t know. They are more obviously meaningless in the Buddhist sense of empty than most things. So, they are open, unlimited, unburdened – in a natural state. They would be excellent objects for contemplations, very simple, like stones made with liquid.
Rosaire Appel 2004

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