Totem Cube by Avron Mintz & Gord Smith

Stainless Steel and Powder Coated Steel
96 × 36 × 36 inches
243.84 × 91.44 × 91.44 cm
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The geometry of the three stacked cubes creates the illusion of being at once solid and then open or hollow. Smith and Mintz have collaborated on this optical geometric work. This work is a collaboration between Smith and Mintz. In his late 70’s, Avron Mintz took a leap into personal creativity with astonishing results. Since 2010, he has completed commissions and began a collaboration with Gord Smith. The theme of optical geometry links this new collaborative sculpture with Gord Smith's early commissioned work for the Canadian Government Pavilion at Expo '67. Gord Smith studied Architecture and Engineering at Sir George Williams University, and went on to work with the architectural firm of Lawson Betts and Cash in Montreal. In 1967, he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA). He was Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts of the University of Victoria from 1972 to 1975 and Visiting Professor in the Dept. of Art and History, McMaster University, Hamilton in the 1990s. Commissions and collaborations with architects include Webb Zefara Menkes, Arthur Erickson, Bregman Hamman, Leslie Rebanks and Gene Kinoshita. Smith's work is in collections of major institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Queen's University, Musée d'art contemporain, University of Victoria, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Concordia University, McGill University, and many more.

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