In the midst of work on the Anolatabulata and Con(jug)ate series, helical form was given a boost when, as an experiment, a paired string of annuli were welded together. The first pair went back to back then annuli added so that both sides became of helical string. The accumulating sculpture first formed an asymptotic cone but, once past the point at which the diameter of the resultant shape was larger than the diameter of the contributing annuli, began to frill.
An exhilarating experience. In contrast to the closed systems of the Anolatabulata and Con(jug)ate series, adding elements made sculpture with a continuously expanding perimeter. I imagined it filling the studio, spilling down the elevator, into the road, whirling and deconstructing.. Thus "Open" became a metaphor for the expanding Universe.
1: "Open" 1977. c. 12'D. Vinyl. 2. 3. 4. 5 : Show variations due to differences in annuli diameter. 6: Studio 1977.
