Optic Cube 1/6 by Gord Smith

Stainless Steel
21.5 × 19.5 × 19.5 inches
54.61 × 49.53 × 49.53 cm
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About the Work

A hollow brushed steel cube with sides cut out following a design of organic rectangular shapes. Set akimbo on a steel stand, the cube reflects the light and casts complex shadows. The theme of optical geometry links this new work with this established sculptor's early commissioned work for the Canadian Government Pavilion at Expo '67. This Optic Cube is 1 in an edition of 6. 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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