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John Chamberlain

Untitled

(Rochester, Indiana, 1927 - 2011)

1970

Urethane foam with cord

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of Mr. Gordon Locksley and Mr. George Shea

1970.53

More Information

2020 Objects to be Destroyed, Theresa Bembnister John Chamberlain used a simple process to transform commercially available polyurethane foam into a sculpture focused on the physical qualities of this ordinary, usually unremarkable substance. He looped cord around the material, then cut and folded the foam before tightening the cord. Chamberlain became famous for his sculptures made from smashed car parts, but here the foam’s lightness and malleability allowed him to shape it quickly and intuitively, giving the artist a totally different working experience.

Keywords
Sculpture
Found objects
American
Abstract art