Material Dualism

Material is not only a physical manifestation of matter, or a thing that can be made. Material is also facts or ideas, and also refer to what is essential or relevant. Material Dualism is a formal approach to material in shape and value through a continued exploration of geometric and seemingly organic forms. I’m interested in the details that give us preconceptions of what an object is, whether we consider it beautiful, and how we assign value to things that might serve no apparent utilitarian function. Throughout this series I employ a level of duality in objects, material choices, and intent. Each sculpture has explicit juxtapositions of materials or forms to create a conversation within itself. In some cases, it could be exemplified by an interior, or surprise, while others support and balance the structure or conceptual narrative.

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Stay2018steel, alabaster
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Fix2018blackened steel
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Core22018steel, pearl white powder coat, silver leaf
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Core2016blackened and gilt steel
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Vessel 012015steel, plaster
topher gent source sculpture steeltopher gent source sculpture steel green topher gent source sculpture steel detail
Source2014steel, sphere
topher gent amethyst rising steel public art sculpturetopher gent amethyst rising steel public art sculpture detail purpletopher gent amethyst rising steel public art sculpture detail Providence Rhode Island
Amethyst Rising2014outdoor steel sculpture
topher gent phi steel sculpture art geometrictopher gent phi steel sculpture art geometrictopher gent phi steel sculpture art geometric gallery newport Rhode Islandtopher gent phi steel sculpture art geometrictopher gent phi steel sculpture art geometrictopher gent phi steel sculpture art geometricdetail topher gent phi steel sculpture art geometric
Phi2013laser cut and welded steel
topher gent 24 steel wood wall sculpturetopher gent 24 steel wood wall sculpturetopher gent 24 steel wood wall sculpturedetail topher gent 24 steel wood wall sculpture
242012​steel, steam bent white oak