Dallas/Houston

Tom Sayre

Watson de Nagy Gallery

Tom Sayre works in the constructivist tradition. He uses straight-cut steel plate and cylinders welded together, rather than complex visual shapes as in the work of someone like Peter Reginato. Within this straightforward format he is exploring problems of balance and the relation of shape to space. An occasional edge demands attention because of its worked form, as in Good News, the largest piece in his recent show.

The complexity of Sayre’s sculpture is based on weight, counterweight, support and thrust, but in a visual sense; he is not so concerned with actual gravity. Some of the pieces are more akin to machines than to the elegance of welded steel sculpture. At times there is an overpowering build-up of volumetric forms interacting in space.

Partly because of the lighter appearance of the materials, the smaller pieces in the show are more compelling than the large ones. The smaller size

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