New York

Michael Heizer

Knoedler & Company

Michael Heizer’s monumental renditions of paleolithic hand tools fabricated out of modified concrete, explore the fundamental structure of utilitarian form as determined by material and function. Just as his outdoor works carved out of the desert or deforested landscape represent the land as bound up with human necessity, his hand implements suggest human industry. Exploring form as determined by utility, Heizer locates the parameters within which material aquires meaning.

Hook (all works 1990), epitomizes the conceptual framework governing Heizer’s investigation. As with all of his “object sculptures,” this gray concrete cylindrical arc that tapers to a point at both ends is derived from an actual example of paleolithic handiwork. Its scale, however, is dramatically increased. To further detach it from practical utility, Heizer mounted the work on a welded steel armature, like an archaeological

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