GEORGE RICKEY | SIX ROTORS ONE CUBE
California Straight Ahead: Property from the Collection of Dr. David Sanders and Prof. Jesse Dukeminier
1907 - 2002
SIX ROTORS ONE CUBE
incised with the artist's signature and date 1993
painted metal and stainless steel
Overall: 13½ by 7½ by 7½ in. (34.3 by 19 by 19 cm.)
Executed in 1993, this work is unique.
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. All elements are in tact and stable and the rotors are in working order. There are minor scattered scratches and a few pinpoint oxidation marks to the base and cube element, visible upon close inspection. There are minor scattered scratches and some scattered pinpoint pigment losses to the rotor elements, visible upon very close inspection.
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Acquired directly from the artist
"Time is an undeniable component in all kinectic art: motion can occur only during a span of time. Rickey's works can gently heighten viewer's awareness of time actually passing and, in a marvelously indirect way, persuade them to recognize the beauty of pure abstraction... We observe the seemingly random movements and note that fluctuating air currents cause different actions. Some appear to defy logic and the laws of physics, even as they operate within those laws... With patience we discern some patterns, but also realize that they are not consistently predictable; patterns involve in an open-ended process."
(Valerie Fletcher "George Rickey, Poetry in Motion," George Rickey, Kinectic Sculpture: A Retrospective, p. 26)