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Table, notebook and pencil

Robert Lazzarini (American, 1965-)

Created: 2004
Materials:Wood, mixed media, pigment, 56 x 45 x 41 in.
Dimensions: H 56" x W 45" x D 41"

Gift of Linda Van Art. 2007.96.2

Robert Lazzarini’s sculptures are at once strikingly recognizable yet unfamiliar. He makes use of planar distortion and meticulous patinas to create these uncanny objects. The sculptures seem to shift and collapse as the viewer moves and changes vantage points – there is never a perspective from which the viewer is able to see the object as it should ordinarily look. Lazzarini has developed a unique approach that combines both traditional and technological methods of sculpture. Beginning with an image of an ordinary object, in this case a chair and a table, Lazzarini employs computer design programs to digitally alter the image, then uses the resulting images to create three-dimensional forms via a method of computer-generated model-making, which become the basis for the final life-sized sculptures.