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Fletcher Benton: Indifference to the Absolute
by Carter Ratcliff

For more than three decades, Fletcher Benton has been refining and redefining geometric sculpture. The result is one of the major oeuvres of our era. In art, geometry is nearly always an appeal to timeless absolutes. Benton’s brilliance shows in his indifference to the absolute—or, to put it positively, in his tireless responsiveness to the contingencies of experience. For him, geometric form is not so much abstract as immediate, resourceful, alive. From blunt simplicity, he generates vital complexity. From weightiness, he generates buoyancy. From disparity, unity.

Cologne Construct 16, 1995. Steel, 19 x 17 x 12 in.

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