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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Craft: Metal: #8 Study in Stone
#8 Study in Stone

#8 Study in Stone
Jack Schmidt
glass, granite, and metal
17 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 5 in. (44.8 x 24.2 x 12.8 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joan and Milton Baxt in honor of Lloyd G. Schermer, recipient of the Joseph Henry Medal, 1994
"The important thing is the overall impact and the 'staying power' of the piece." Jack Schmidt, Insight, 1985

Jack Schmidt enjoys using materials that respond differently to light. #8 Study in Stone combines reflective layers of plate glass with smooth metal and roughly shaped granite. He thinks scale is important and often spends a great deal of time drawing his ideas and planning dimensions before beginning a sculpture. The proportions of #8 Study in Stone are distorted because Schmidt has layered the pieces of glass to give a false sense of perspective.

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