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Serie Metafisica VII

1981 Herk Van Tongeren Born: Holland, Michigan 1943 Died: Seattle, Washington 1987 bronze 12 1/4 x 13 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (31.1 x 34.9 x 36.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Isaac Witkin © 1981, Herk Van Tongeren 1982.77 Not currently on view


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Herk Van Tongeren began his Serie Metafisica in 1979 after seeing an exhibition of surreal paintings that showed eerie and mystifying human situations. He believed that geometric forms have inherent powers that can produce mystical feelings and lead us to other states of mind. The geometric forms in this piece generate different energies, rhythms, and tensions. The cone looks as though it might roll down the slope, disrupting the balance of the composition. Serie Metafisica VII creates a sense of time as we move our eyes from one object to another, as well as a sense of history as we realize that the forms have been revered since antiquity.

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Abstract

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Herk Van Tongeren

Born: Holland, Michigan 1943 Died: Seattle, Washington 1987