PRINT October 1970

Don Potts' Game of Car

THE GAME IS PROCESS: find an abstract function and think out the most appropriate material for the function. Even the most appropriate material has its own nature, and to use it with a feeling that the material is being used in an optimum way naturally bends the initial function; not exactly changes it, but moves the focus. Don Potts is a builder-artist of the experimental turn of mind necessary to make the process game a working method. He begins with a tentative function and reads the next step out of the possibilities as they present themselves. When an object is perfectly crafted there is a tendency to assume that all planning has been prior to the making of the object. This may be true for many artists who make it simple, finish it with craft, and hope to realize the complexities through other serial examinations of the possibilities. Potts has gone through many serial possibilities

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