Random Elements

  • Harold Tovish, Random Elements, 1979, wood/cut, assembled and glued on integral base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.81

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Random Elements is one of the final pieces in Harold Tovish's Transformations series. Tovish started with a carefully modeled self-portrait, Unit of Measure, which he then used to create fourteen variations. Although each piece looks very different from the original, Tovish maintains the same measure of volume. Random Elements, a construction of stacked wooden blocks, appears almost abstract, making it difficult for us to recognize it as the artist's self-portrait.

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"For me, form follows content." Harold Tovish, 1953 exhibition catalogue
Title
Random Elements
Artist
Date
1979
On View
Dimensions
12 x 8 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (30.5 x 22.2 x 23.5 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
wood/cut, assembled and glued on integral base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure male – head
Object Number
1986.6.81
Palette
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