“Early in my career, the ‘downtown’ experience inspired deconstructivist methods for creating art. People were using found objects and other non-traditional materials in their work, tearing things apart and reconstructing them, processes that harmonized with the reality of the Cass Corridor in the 60s and 70s, and in fact still does today. This period had a profound influence on my approach to art that is particularly apparent in my sculptural work.”
Robert Sestok uses both positive cuts (the shapes made of metal) and negative cuts (the empty spaces that remain) to form his sculptures. Sestok calls the positive cuts “the figure (a silhouette representing Man).” The negative cuts “express architecture (environmental space and its baggage).” Take a moment to walk all the way around Stand #3. Look at the positive shapes formed by the metal and the negative spaces in between. Who is this figure? What is going on around them?