Stand #3

Artist: Robert Sestok

Medium: Welded steel,

Year: 2020

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Stand #3

“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?

I have been involved in creating sculpture installation projects throughout Metro Detroit since 1970. I helped found the Willis Gallery and was part of the Cass Corridor art movement which was exhibited at the Kick Out the Jams show in 1984 at the Detroit Institute of Art. I have been creating sculpture installation projects throughout Detroit 1970. In 2013, I was project manager for 333 Midland studios and worked with Rob Onnes to develop the facility. In 2015, I opened City Sculpture park in midtown Detroit with 32 sculptures on display.

Cass Corridor refers to a section of neighborhoods along Cass Avenue Midtown Detroit. In the 1960s and ‘70s, artists living and working in this area – including Robert Sestok – developed a distinctive style. Read more about the Cass Corridor art movement by clicking here.

KAC’s biennial invitational returns this summer with new guest curators, interactive art experiences, and locations all over town. To learn more and find a complete listing of related programs, click here.

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