The Long Run

Lee Bontecou. Untitled. 1980-98

Lee Bontecou (American, born 1931). Untitled. 1980-98. Welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, grommets, and wire. 7 x 8 x 6' (213.4 x 243.8 x 182.9 cm). Gift of Philip Johnson (by exchange) and the Nina and Gordon Bunshaft Bequest Fund. © 2018 Lee Bontecou

Lee Bontecou: I worked with the center first. I’d have the little ceramic in half and I’d place another sphere inside and I’d get a dark hole or an eye or whatever you wanted to call it. And then put it together and put holes into the ceramic to be able to receive the rod coming into it. And once I got the main rod up, I’d hang it, and then I could go from there, like building a piece. It basically worked like a drawing. Move it around and see what happens on every side. I’d let it sit. Then I’d go and add something maybe once-in-awhile. It’s neat. Because you get a problem that doesn’t make sense. You can work all day and it just is a drag. Then all of a sudden, I’d walk by, and out of the corner of my eye, I’d know what to do and I’d do it.

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