Fletcher Benton's Donut #7 – Vancouver Biennale
Sunday March 28th, 2010
Introducing one of the most unique sculptures in the Vancouver Biennale 2009 – 2011 Exhibition.
Located at Cressey Olympic Village Park, 1st Avenue and Crowe Street very near the Biennale offices and the Olympic Village where the athletes stayed during the 2010 Games, this piece is sure to inspire and confound art lovers in equal measure.
Donut #7 COR TEN steel Fletcher Benton (USA)
The “donut” in the title is the round, open holed form, which holds and stabilizes the other geometric elements. The choice of a uniform red surface highlights the unique color, tonality and rich lustre inherent in metals.
Fletcher Benton is represented in major museum collections and is well-known for his massive precisely crafted geometric metal sculptures that combine welded circles, spheres, cylinders, cubes, and squares composed and balanced in space.
The “donut” referred to in the title is the round, open holed form, which in the case of Donut #7 holds and stabilizes the other geometric elements.
The one long lone slender vertical line shoots upward balancing the heavy dense mass below. Donut #7 was preceded by Donut #5 and Donut with Balls #23 in 2001.
His choice of a uniform red surface for the sculpture reflects his concern with the unique color, tonality and rich lustre inherent in metals. Donut # 7’s industrial and militantly rigid form is both intimidating and commanding.
The simplicity of each clustered shape also abstractly reveals forms of nature, geometry and human activity.
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