Spatial series

Pressure Group 1

Pressure group 1

Pressure group 1 was Cogswell’s first major sculpture and was an investigation into the ability of the forms to concentrate a sense of energy into a space between two wedges, the viewer’s perception of the pressure created between the two wedges, and of the ability of stationary forms to suggestion movement toward one and other.

Spatial series

Pressure Group, Triple Plane, Two Columns of space, Single Column

These pieces from the early nineteen-seventies were explorations into the ability of specific forms to suggest illusionary surfaces that continue from the sculpture to the surrounding space. They mostly consisted of three units focused on a single central point or of two units with three divisions and with surfaces divided into rectangular graphic forms.

For these individual sculptures Cogswell worked in either local woods, fibreglass and resin, 1/4-inch plate aluminum or 1/4 inch corrosion resistant weathering steel. This Cor-ten type steel is very long lasting as the oxide (rust) which forms on the surface protects the steel from further corrosion and is self-healing in terms of surface damage.

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1971
Laminated Red Cedar

h. 6’ 8”, l. 13’6”, w. 4’ 3”

collection: The Artist