Jack

  • Paul Feeley, Jack, 1966, formed and gilded fiberglass on steel base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Feeley Grandchildren's Trust, 1985.12

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Paul Feeley believed that art was "the translation of three dimensions into two and of two into three." Jack is an abstract sculpture derived from Feeley's brightly colored paintings of undulating, symmetrical forms. It evokes a human figure standing on tiptoe and reaching out into all dimensions of space, like a ballerina on point or a little girl flinging her arms out and twirling "just for the fun of it." The points and curves in the sculpture create new shapes from the spaces around them, making us see the room in a new way. Jack embodies Feeley's conviction that art should be playful, imaginative, and accessible to people of all ages. The sculptor hoped that his works would encourage viewers to "ease off" and take life less seriously (Brockway, "Personalities of Painters in the '40s: Feeley, Knaths & Holt," Bennington Quadrille, February 1985).

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"He was full of vitality, open to everything . . . very giving and very alert . . . and a terrific teacher." Artist Helen Frankenthaler on Paul Feeley, quoted in Brockway, "Personalities of Painters in the '40s: Feeley, Knaths & Holt," Bennington Quadrille, February 1985
Title
Jack
Artist
Date
1966
Location
Dimensions
79 x 79 x 79 in. (200.7 x 200.7 x 200.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Feeley Grandchildren's Trust

Mediums
Mediums Description
formed and gilded fiberglass on steel base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1985.12
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