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  • Loren Calaway
    born 1950
    active: United States
  • untitled, 1981
  • Where object was made: United States
  • graphite on paper
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 20.95 x 27.94 cm
    Mat Dimensions: 11 x 14 in
  • The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0043
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"NetWorks: Art and Artists from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection," Mar-2011, Susan Earle, Stephen Goddard, and SMA Interns
Loren Calaway’s technically virtuosic yet practically frustrating sculptures play thoughtfully with the concepts of functionality and familiarity. Calaway studied sculpture at California State University at Fresno, and was influenced by the performance and installation artwork that was created by Terry Allen, who taught there in the 1970s. Calaway’s meticulously crafted wooden objects and their
preparatory drawings recall fine furnishings.
Their level of polish and profusion of storage
compartments and drawers lends them a
feeling of authority, but their scale renders them too small for human use. The artist states, “There are some things that move from one notion to the other. At no time will they sit comfortably in either notion or both, nor will they conform in any respect to any other notion.”