David Kraisler

Heard Museum

If the Southwest is to overcome regional provincialism, it must demonstrate the existence of styles that are indigenous but that also address the concerns of advanced art. As a sculptor working with conventional problems of scale, mass, modulation of surfaces, and the like, David Kraisler has absorbed local topographical features, and particularly the unrelenting character of the Arizona light, to create concrete forms that are as specifically local as they are typically modern. He is a synthesizing artist, catching fragments of rock as pure shape, molding them (whether monumental or diminutive) into precarious equivalents which parallel nature’s structures, and scoring their sweeping surfaces as arenas for the play of light.

Sculpture that emerges from a symbiotic relationship with the environment works best in an enlarged scale. Kraisler’s preparatory models, executed in bronze with

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