Calder, Alexander

The sense of motion in painting and sculpture has long been considered as one of the primary elements of the composition.

From the beginning of my abstract work, even when it might not have seemed so, I felt there was no better model for me to choose than the Universe

When an artist explains what he is doing he usually has to do one of two things: either scrap what he has explained, or make his subsequent work fit in with the explanation.

A knowledge of and sympathy with the qualities of the materials used are essential to proper treatment.

Each element can move, shift or sway back & forth in a changing relation to each of the other elements in the universe. Thus, they reveal not only isolated moments, but a physical law or variation among the elements of life. Not extractions, but abstractions. Abstractions which resemble no living things except by their manner of reacting.

With a mechanical drive you can control the thing like the choreography in a ballet and superimpose various movements.. a great number, even, by means of cams and other mechanical devices.

The underlying sense of form in my work has been the system of the Universe, or part thereof.

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