Richard Artschwager (American, 1923–2013)
Acrylic on Celotex and wood
33 1/4 x 35 1/2 inches
The Lenore and Burton Gold Collection of 20th-Century Art
Currently not on view
A principal strategy in Artschwager’s work is what he calls “the truncation of the senses”—a means of refocusing the viewer’s attention on specific aspects of an image by purposefully concealing or obfuscating others. Volcano is an example of this approach, as one’s attention is almost entirely directed to the small spot of orange at the mouth of the erupting volcano, which is otherwise camouflaged by the abstract, monochromatic patterning of the rest of the scene.