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Hull #16
  • Mark Roeyer
    born 1943
    active: United States
  • Hull #16, 1986
  • Where object was made: United States
  • redwood, fir, marline, oak wood
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 47 x 14 x 149.9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 59 in
  • Bequest of Richard M. Hollander
  • Not on display
  • 1991.0170
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Windmills to Workshops: Lawrence and the Visual Arts," Jul-2004, Kate Meyer
Mark Roeyer has long been fascinated with sailboats and boat construction. After receiving the advice from installation artist Patrick Ireland (Brian O’Doherty) to produce these vessels as art, Roeyer began to create a series called Hulls. The Hulls respond to the figure with their soaring extensions and taught connections but also explore the physics of construction.

When the first white settlers broke sod on the prairie they frequently compared the enormous undulating landscape to an inland sea. This analogy still seems apt for Roeyer, who compares Kansas at night to the ocean at night. The suspended sculptures are an outgrowth of this sensation and are experimentations with familiar forms in unexpected space.