Michael Bolus

8th Sculpture8th Sculpture

8th Sculpture

  • Colour: Polychrome
  • Material: Polychrome metal
  • Size: 1029mm x 1035mm x 311mm
  • Year:1963
  • Collection: Tate Gallery London - T01351

Lit: Richard Morphet, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, p. 56. ‘8th Sculpture’ was made at a time when Bolus was thinking of making a sculpture from a ten-foot sheet of crumpled paper. It embodies the sense of inconsequentiality by which, in not marking off a sculpture theatrically, he aimed to make it more real. He felt that since a sculpture should need no further support than its mere existence, it ought to be possible to achieve equal presence with an apparent fragment. Deliberately made to look like a random part of a larger whole, ‘8th Sculpture’ was partly inspired by Brancusi’s ‘Torso of a Young Man’, 1922. Form sliced off” here suggests its own indefinite extension, and supports Bolus’s desire that a sculpture should be not just an object in space, but somehow continued into the space around it. The piping gives texture and (intentionally pedantic) control to the monochrome surface. Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.