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Richard Nonas (b. 1936) is an American sculptor who uses industrial materials to create simple geometric works that explore the spatial relationship between the viewer and artwork. With his large-scale, horizontal and often ground-laid installations, Nonas imparts his sculptures with a sense of landscape. “...there are physical places, spaces deeply imbued with human meaning, that can have a great deal of power over us, places that affect us in an extremely worldly way. And those places are still models for the kind of art that I want to make.” Nonas recreates this sense of space within his installations by using earthly materials like stone, wood, and steel, each of which embody a certain emotionality. “There is an immense and powerful difference if I make a line in wood, and the same line in steel or stone,” Nonas explains. “The line in wood is slower...It is gentle but it is shaky…The steel line is hard and fast and cold...My job is to use those differences.” With his use of emotionally-potent materials and simple geometric forms, he develops an intimate relationship between the viewer and sculpture, recreating the experience of a vast landscape within an interior space.
Photograph by Davide Lovatti, 2012.