In the Studio with Joel Shapiro: “A Metaphor for the Human Spirit”

joel-shapiro-featureJoel Shapiro favors human-sized work. “I’ve tried to avoid the colossal,” the artist remarked when I visited his studio. “I always think of parts that correspond to our own dimensions.  Another big issue in sculpture is how you join things together and how that influences the nature of the form.” His publicly sited works are both abstract and slightly figurative. In a way, his art mediates between architecture and the viewer.  He is continually experimenting with ways to balance and put together off-center, asymmetrical compositions. Continue reading