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Jehoash Sculpture

Harold Kahn

United States

Sculpture, Metal on Sheet Metal

Size: 48 W x 48 H x 15 D in

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"Jehoash" is one of three remaining pieces out of an original series of seven, one of which is currently in the collection of Yeshiva University Museum in New York. The three works that remain can be viewed at {9} the Gallery in Phoenix, AZ. Each piece was made from two sheets of metal joined together with a seam, much like two pieces of cloth. The sheets were then folded by means of a mechanical device called a "brake." Despite their simplicity, I spent much time deciding where to put the seam. As a guide, I used the Renaissance idea of the Golden Section, which describes a relationship of measurements. For example, in a painting, the ratio of the short side to the long side is the same as the ratio of the long side to the sum of both the short and long sides. Mathematically, this is approximately 8:13. That is how I decided on the proportions of the two parts of the metal sheets that make up each piece. The colors and patterns on the metal are simply rust, the result of being left out in the rain or stored in a humid basement. I haven't drawn or etched anything into the metal at all. Mother Nature has done everything. I've done nothing except decide which two sheets to combine and how. When I finished forming the pieces, they looked so regal and refined that I named them after the Kings of Israel and Judah. All the titles have the root "Jeho" - a reference to the Tetragrammaton (the four-letter name of God.)

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Multi-paneled Sculpture:Metal on Sheet Metal

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:48 W x 48 H x 15 D in

Number of Pieces:3

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Part of my concerns are with the inherent qualities of particular materials, such as sheet metal, wood, paper, wax, plaster, and clay. Beyond an Oriental sensitivity to simple materials and natural processes, I am interested in the irregularities and imperfections that result from the activity of forming each piece. Such irregularities and imperfections appear all the more significant when one compares one object to the next; hence, the repetitive nature and serial form of my work. After having made these pieces, I find myself concerned with how age and time transform each work by their cumulative effect on the materials involved. Metal rusts, wood decays, paper becomes brittle, etc. Everything in this world breaks down and decays over time. We are all transformed with the passage of time. Although the pieces exude a Zen-like feeling partly due to their minimalism, spareness, and use of natural materials, most of the titles have a basis in Jewish history and religion, which formed an important part of my educational background. Aside from fabricating my works in a series, I have also given my pieces titles that come from names in a series, whether they be the kings of Israel and Judah, the Judges, the high priests during the Second Temple period, the orders of the Mishnah, or the place names in Babylonia and Palestine, where the Talmud was compiled. Above such concerns, however, I hope these works suggest a spirituality – a mysterious depth which we try to approach but cannot really know.

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