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Untitled

John Chamberlain

(Rochester, Indiana, 1927 - 2011, New York, New York)

1970

Urethane foam with cord

12 in. x 20 in. x 14 in. (30.48 cm x 50.8 cm x 35.56 cm)

Gift of Mr. Gordon Locksley and Mr. George Shea

1970.53

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Chamberlain used a simple process to transform commercially available polyurethane foam into a sculptural form. He looped cord around the foam, then cut and folded the foam and tightened the cord. Chamberlain explored how the physical qualities of this ordinary, unremarkable material could be manipulated to create an abstract sculpture rich with possible interpretations. The foam’s lightness and malleability allowed Chamberlain to shape this sculpture quickly and intuitively, offering a stark contrast to his dense, brightly colored sculptures made of smashed car parts.

Keywords
Abstract art
American
Found objects
Sculpture