- Pol Bury
- 2813 White Dots
- signed and dated 1963 on the reverse
- nylon wire, wood and electrical motor
- 39 1/8 by 39 1/8 by 7 in. 99.5 by 99.5 by 17.8 cm.
100 by 100cm.
Executed in 1963.
Acquired by the present owner from the above
The wood panel is mounted on the wall, and when an extending electrical cord is plugged in, the thin tentacle-like wires extending from the wood begin to twitch, tremble, flutter. 2,813 wires with white tips, as is enumerated in the title of the work, create a web of wires, moving almost imperceptibly at irregular intervals. The subtly undulating tangle of wires is hypnotizing in its slight movements, engaging what Bury called the “aesthetic of slowness.” From a distance, the wires resemble a constellation of stars, seemingly infinite. Bury’s 3069 White Dots on an Oval Background from 1966 in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery is strikingly similar to the present work with its expanse of white-tipped wires on a wood panel. 2813 White Dots is an early, remarkable example of Bury’s kinetic relief sculptures that perfectly synthesizes the myriad of influences on the artist and his self-described “aesthetic of slowness.”