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  • Writer's pictureRichard Hunt


A sculptor can be thought of as the sort of person who can reduce impressions of things, responses, and ideas about things into sculptural forms. Sometimes these sculptural forms are simply sculptural forms; sometimes these forms can be formed into sculptures. The creation of a sculpture can be considered the process by which a sculptor demonstrates to himself whether or not he is creating a sculpture.

Everything that exists, natural or man made, contains some sculptural quality or property. I try to appropriate the sculpturalness of any of these forms into my work whenever they seem a reasonable extension of my current vocabulary of forms.

Whatever is said in exhibition catalogues should lead viewers to interpret the work rather than interpret for them. More often than not critical energy is spent, even exhausted, differentiating and categorizing. We should take advantage of the panoramic historical view our point in time allows to see that no art or artist is all that different from any other. The enlightened view will see the difference within the similarities. Furthermore, art does not succeed in time by being more personal, different, or even original than any other. It succeeds by remaining intact, and, while it may not look so different from other art of the period, or whatever else constitutes its environment, it contains within its form ideas and associations, which can continue to stimulate people who view it.

I hope that the work in this exhibition [Richard Hunt, Milwaukee Art Center, November 3–December 3, 1967] will seem unified yet diverse. Superficially, the technique and certain oft-repeated forms should serve to identify the work; less superficial should be a formal vitality, which gives the sculpture a life of its own.

Then, one hopes to see from what has been done, what can be done.


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