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Ken Baskin: Crucible Series

September 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017

Ken Baskin: Crucible Series

Reception: October 27, 7p, McGuireWoods Gallery

General Exhibition Statement
Kenneth Baskin’s industrial, stoneware sculptures explore the relationship between humans and machines. The interactions are communicated through oscillating dynamics evident from the construction and intended wear and tear of the works. Baskin reintroduces the viewer to artifacts which are historically not seen, inviting a moment to reflect on our interdepence on industry.

Artist Statement
The investigative properties of this series are focused upon the mechanical objects or artifacts derived from the advent of the industrial revolution. Through our capacity for invention the anatomy of the machine, laying bare its individual yet integrated mechanical components, became the means of mass production and an accelerant in the performance of human tasks. This interdependence of humans and machines altered cultural conceptions and the two became intimately conjoined.

Within this current body of work I am exploring the integration of actual and abstracted machine parts into homologous interrelationships. Metaphorically, my sculptures reflect aspects of these interrelations through: balance and instability, domination and submission, tension and ease, opposition and compromise. It is through this dynamic of push and pull, give and take, that the spontaneity and structuring of these interactions takes place.

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September 27, 2017
October 28, 2017
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W-16 McGuireWoods Gallery
9518 Workhouse Way
Lorton, VA, 22079
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