Colin Barker

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Since the earliest cave paintings more than 30,000 years ago, human artists have chosen to observe and illustrate their environment.  In that environment they never saw a perfectly flat surface, a straight line, or a square.  Things we take for granted, like flat floors and smooth walls, are constructs of the human mind and the product of human technology.  I have embraced contemporary materials, like steel sheet and fluorescent Plexiglas, to make sculptures that reflect modern innovation and human achievement.  Although I use modern materials my concepts are old.  As Sennacherib, the Assyrian king, put it nearly three thousand years ago, “Following the advice of my head and the prompting of my heart, I finished a work . . .”  I do the same, and I have done this incorporating many of the concepts of the minimalists.  As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” or as Albert Einstein put it, “everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”