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).
Copied Jesús Moroles, Lapstrake I, 1980, Georgia gray granite, 28 x 36 x 8 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alton and Emily Steiner, 2002.82
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