Paul Maxwell

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Paul Maxwell's fascination (as early as 1950) with "found object art" set the stage for much of what he is doing today.

During a stint on the teaching staff of the Putney School (1951 - 1953), Maxwell frequently walked through the Vermont countryside where he found many sizable chards of slate. He enhanced their innate design by staining, scoring, drilling and breaking the slate along natural lines of cleavage.

By 1962 Maxwell was devoting equal energies to painting, sculpture and printmaking. He produced sculpture using a variety of techniques -- lost wax casting and sandcasting in bronze and aluminum, welded steel and bronze, wood construction, and concrete.

Maxwell's interest in "layering", which began with his use of the cleavage in early slate pieces, continues, and is most apparent in the "lattice" and "vesiculated" works. In both, a volume or three-dimensional space is defined but not confined. The perception is that of diminished density, which Maxwell sees as corresponding to dematerialization of thought and mentalization of matter: necessary concomitants to spiritualization of thought.

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