Zig-Zag Line

  • David LaPlantz, Zig-Zag Line, 1981, tinted and engraved aluminum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1982.12.2

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David LaPlantz works very quickly and rarely puts anything down on paper before heading to the workshop. In Zig-Zag Line, he tinted two pieces of aluminum with different colors, then joined them together using tiny rivets. The engraved lines on the surface of the metal resemble stitches, as if the pieces are held together by thread. This pattern, together with the wavy edges, evokes appliquéd fabric, transforming the cold, rigid metal into something that appears much easier to manipulate.

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"I'm not aware of some of the things that are happening with the lines until after I am done." David LaPlantz, quoted in Turner and Turner, The New Jewelry: Trends and Traditions, 1994

Title
Zig-Zag Line
Artist
Date
1981
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
2 in. (5.1 cm.) wide
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
tinted and engraved aluminum
Classifications
Object Number
1982.12.2
Palette
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