"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
PREVIEW: Martin Puryear in Season 2 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2003)
Martin Puryear's sculptures—in wood, stone, tar, wire, and various metals—are a marriage of Minimalist logic with traditional ways of making. Puryear's exploration in abstract forms retain vestigial elements of utility from everyday objects found in the world. A form that reoccurs in Puryear's work is the hollow mass, a solid shape with qualities of uncertainty and emptiness.