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Viewmaster

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Viewmaster

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Heide Fasnacht
American, born 1951

Date

1988

Medium

Graphite dust suspended in matte medium on wood

Accession #

1988.51

Dimensions

65 1/2 x 64 x 37 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 412

Description

The daughter of a tool-and-die maker, Heide Fasnacht grew up in suburban Cleveland and recalls her fondness for the nearby factory areas, which contributed to her love of machine-made and industrial objects. To make this sculpture, she stacked sheets of plywood then coated the exterior with graphite to give it a mechanical, metallic feel.

Fasnacht titled this sculpture Viewmaster in reference to optical instruments such as stereoscopes, microscopes, and binoculars. The sculpture’s shape—resembling a torso, heart, or phallic form—stems from her interest in the complex mechanics of the body and its organs, while also suggesting the body’s limitations.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Lannan Foundation

Image Copyright

(c) Heide Fasnacht