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Bruce Mackley's avatar Bruce Mackley

Half painting and half sculpture, Descent is a study of balance, chaos and harmony. This industrial mosaic is comprised of more than 20,000 tinted steel decking and framing screws, set into painted pine at varying depths. Its mind-bending execution, vibrant tones and linear composition all merge into a mesmerizing aesthetic. Choosing such an improbable medium isn’t without consequence, and the final effect can be unexpected and somewhat overwhelming. The main challenge with rendering the art was just sticking with it; this piece (as well as my 2016 effort) didn’t really materialize until the final phase. Despite limitations with detail, this medium relies on nuance with tone to really succeed. Sprawling, languid and reflective… the dreaming metaphor is ultimately the sum of her parts.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8 in.
  • Medium: Steel screws, wood
  • Width: 55 in.
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 59 in.