My first impression of his work was 'How on earth can you make that?'. The way everything is mantled on strings and how balanced it is, its hard to take in at the first glance.
What I see in this artwork is a range of strings relying on one another to maintain balance in the sculpture. I think that if a few of them were to snap, the whole sculpture would break due to the pressure created by all the other strings. There is an elastic rod making its way around the sculpture which is probably what keeps it so secure.
The main formal element used in this artwork was shape and pattern. It relies on the constant pattern which creates it's form.
This artwork puts the viewer into a puzzled feel. I'm constantly trying to figure out how the string is capable of creating so much pressure.The artist was a construction artist, but it must have been difficult placing the strings one after another. The hard part was keeping the balance in the sculpture. If something was to snap, the whole thing would break towards the centre leaving the artwork useless.
The reason I decided to use this artist in my research was because he relied on pure strings in his artwork. I want to incorporate strings in my window installation by hanging down objects down using them. This also links back to the artist Cornelia Parker who used strings to hand down objects from the ceiling. Both of these artists rely on the strings and without them, their artwork wouldn't work. The same goes for my window installation. It won't work without using strings and just like these artists, I will need to use high precision in order to maintain balance in my final piece.Naum Gabo - Linear construction in space