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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