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Craft: Metal: #8 Study in Stone
#8 Study in Stone


#8 Study in Stone
1989
Jack Schmidt
glass, granite, and metal
17 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 5 in. (44.8 x 24.2 x 12.8 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Joan and Milton Baxt in honor of Lloyd G. Schermer, recipient of the Joseph Henry Medal, 1994
1995.36.2
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"The important thing is the overall impact and the 'staying power' of the piece." Jack Schmidt, Insight, 1985

Jack Schmidt enjoys using materials that respond differently to light. #8 Study in Stone combines reflective layers of plate glass with smooth metal and roughly shaped granite. He thinks scale is important and often spends a great deal of time drawing his ideas and planning dimensions before beginning a sculpture. The proportions of #8 Study in Stone are distorted because Schmidt has layered the pieces of glass to give a false sense of perspective.

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