Martin Puryear. Horsefly. 1996-2000

Martin Puryear Horsefly 1996-2000

  • Not on view

Like many of Martin Puryear's sculptures, Horsefly, the first of the artist's works to use glass , embraces contradictory elements. In this sculpture, the skeleton of which is formed by steel rods tied carefully together with wrapped wire, the interest resides in the unlikely combination of tar, wire, steel, and glass. Of these contradictions, Puryear has said, "I'm interested in mediating between a feeling of massiveness and fragility to reach a point of extreme vulnerability."

Gallery label from Against the Grain: Contemporary Art from the Edward R. Broida Collection, May 3–July 10, 2006.
Medium
Wire mesh, tar, glass, and wood
Dimensions
8' 1" x 6' 7" x 7' 11" (246.4 x 200.7 x 241.3 cm)
Credit
Gift of Edward R. Broida
Object number
764.2005
Copyright
© 2019 Martin Puryear
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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