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Jan Acton
jan.p.acton@gmail.com
The physicality of stone attracts me and guides my work. The weight, strength, texture, veining, and translucence direct the work. My forms are abstract and open to the viewer’s interpretation. The forms are often simple, but I am not a minimalist; the hand of the artist is evident. Frequently, I seek to create a tension between the image and the material: weighty stones that seem to levitate; solid material that is thin and translucent; smooth surfaces that emerge from rough-hewn stone. My goal is to reveal the sculpture that is within the stone and I make extensive use of negative space. In some works, the negative space is the image. The pieces should appear to move—not because they are kinetic, but because the viewer’s eye is constantly moving across the surface, not stopping on any single point. If someone looks at the piece and does not want to look on the other side, I have failed in my goal.
http://www.janacton.com


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