Lapstrake I

  • Jesús Moroles, Lapstrake I, 1980, Georgia gray granite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alton and Emily Steiner, 2002.82

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The word lapstrake means "overlapping" or "not flush." In Lapstrake I, Jesús Moroles wanted to "bring the quarry into the gallery" by making a single block of granite look like many pieces of stone uneasily balanced atop one another. To "make the stone important," Moroles preserved a sense of the rock's original form and character, rather than carve the material to look like another object or an abstract form (Adlmann, Moroles, 2003).

Title
Lapstrake I
Artist
Date
1980
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
28 x 36 x 8 in.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Alton and Emily Steiner

Mediums Description
Georgia gray granite
Classifications
Object Number
2002.82
Palette
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