"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
From the series, "Exclusive"
Filmed in 2000 at Richard Serra's Manhattan studio, the artist describes the various tools and conceptual strategies he has used throughout his career when working with lead and steel. Serra discusses his early focus on the nature of the art production process itself which resulted in his writing a "Verb List" (1967-68). Multiple lead works that resulted from Serra acting out the "Verb List" are shown through archival images. Serra's invention of a tool that twisted sheet metal around a wheel enabled him to shape steel in a new way--from the inside out. "Torqued Ellipses" (1996-97), which resulted from this process, are shown at Dia:Beacon in 2004.
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins & Catherine Tatge. Camera: Ken Kobland & Pete Shanel. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York & Dia Art Foundation. Theme Music: Peter Foley.