"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