"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"Model for Total Reflective Abstraction (after Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi)" (2003)
"I made a series of works about a conversation between Isamu Noguchi and Buckminster Fuller- an aesthetic proposal from 1929- in which they talked about a kind of sculpture or sculpture abstraction that could exist without any shadow. They said it would have to be a perfectly reflective sculpture in a perfectly reflective environment- the ultimate aesthetic utopia where the context and object are unified completely. And so I’ve been fascinated by the idea and I’ve been making some models of it- like Noguchi’s landscape model sculptures- trying to turn those into a manifestation of this idea."
- Josiah McElheny