Howard Kalish

1. How and when you first met Harry Roseman— Probably at one of the co-op gallery openings a generation or two ago.

2. A statement about your work and/or a brief autobiographical statement.—–The esthetic basis of my work is growth and structure, the various ways forms are put together and become themselves, in nature and in the way the mind perceives it. I don’t try to render these things by picturing or copying natural models such as organic or inorganic forms, but rather by following analogous principles in the making of the sculpture to the way forms are made in the universe. The “look” of the finished piece is very much determined, just as it is in nature, by how it came into being and grew, and what influences were brought to bear on it along the way. Just as in nature, the most important factor in determining what it will become is the overriding structural principle. Most of the sculptures I make are open: they can be seen through, and the juxtaposition of the forms against each other, and the background, changes as one walks around them. They are also polychrome, and the interplay of the colors, their overlappings and interconnections, is also dynamic. In my work I explore and express in visual terms connections, many parts making a whole, though the whole, while complete, always conveys a sense of further possibilities.

—–March 14, 2010

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