On view August 26 – December 31, 2017
The Everson Museum provides a unique context for displaying monumentally sized artwork. With four cantilevered galleries revolving around a cavernous central atrium, the building itself is considered to be a colossal work of sculpture. This characteristic, coupled with the galleries’ soaring ceilings and the two-story sculpture court, creates spaces ideally suited for the acquisition and exhibition of largescale work. Monumental features six artists from the Everson’s collection—John de Andrea, Harmony Hammond, Sadashi Inuzuka, Sol LeWitt, Dennis Oppenheim, and Arnie Zimmerman—whose largescale sculptures take full advantage of the expansive gallery space the Everson has to offer.
Artists practice monumentality in different ways using an assortment of materials and methods. While some begin with typically small objects and reimagine them on a massive scale, others construct large installations from objects or materials of a normal size. Regardless of their chosen methods, these artists play with scale to create work that is enveloping and oftentimes overwhelming, providing viewers with an experience very different from that offered by traditionally sized artwork. These sculptures challenge the artist’s technical proficiency as well as push the limits of their material choices. Monumental sculptures require viewers to become physically involved with the work, asking them to look in all directions—even inward—to fully experience each piece. Shifting the typical power dynamic between viewers and artworks, the works in Monumental command attention as they become more closely associated with architectural scale rather than human scale.
Cloth, wood, foam rubber, acrylic, gesso, glitter, wax, charcoal powder, 41 x 74 x 26 inches
Everson Museum of Art; Gift of Judith Daner
EXHIBITION TALK: MONUMENTAL September 28, 6:30pm
FREE with Museum Admission
Led by scholar Dr. Mary Ann Calo
October 19, 6:00pm
FREE Third Thursday
American (b. 1954)
Untitled Vessel, 1982
Earthenware, 88” x 34”
Gift of Lucia Beadel, Edward Beadel Jr., and Lucia Whisenand in memory of Edward F. Beadel
John de Andrea
American (b. Denver, CO, 1941)Boys Playing Soccer, 1971
cast polyester and fiberglass resin, polychrome in oil
59 x 75 x 55 in.
Gift of Mr. Robert C. Hosmer
American (b. Mason City, WA, 1938-2011)
Impulse Reactor (A Device for Detecting, Entering, Converting Past Lies
Traveling Underground and in the Air), 1980
14' X 25' X 40'
Gift of Mr. Jerry Flum