Jeff Metz

Through the language of abstraction, I strive to conjure a familiar emotional presence in unfamiliar physical forms. My sculptural process is driven by this search for the unexpected, and plays out in an effort to transcend stone’s resistance to spontaneous change. My current work focuses on generating a unique interaction between rigorous geometry and fluid movement. The inherent and essential tension which exists between these poles drives my sculptural explorations. In my studio work, the core of my process and sculpture is the sustained confrontation of ambiguity as I work toward formal resolution. I begin each sculpture with a foundational form which is a component of an eventual whole that I cannot fully apprehend. By approaching each sculpture in this way, I can integrate the nuance of the unexpected into each composition. Intimately related to this is my deeper purpose to create a series of complex interrelationships throughout a particular sculpture. My goal is to maintain the cohesion of the whole as multiple relationships unfold in a continuous, “in-the-round” flux. I am looking for synthesis and harmony, with the intention that viewers of my work can have a similar experience. All of my sculptures are hand-carved from a single block of stone.

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