William
Lasansky

Born 1938, Argentina
Lives and works in Lewisburg, PA and Vinalhaven, ME

Year created:
1995
Boundary Stone, William Lasansky
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75" x 26" x 21"

Black Granite from Vinalhaven, ME
Lent by the Artist

No longer on view.

Boundary Stone is carved from black granite that Lasansky finds in ledges and abandoned quarries in Vinalhaven, Maine. The sculpture is both an artwork and a territorial marker, and recalls ancient sculptures and stone markers, such as dolmens and totems.

According to Lasansky: "Each piece of stone has intrinsically insistent qualities of surface and form such as coloration, rippled fractures, eroded textures, and evidence of previous quarrying processes. I try to respect and retain some of these qualities of the material as the act of carving reveals my sense of visual order." In Boundary Stone, large sections of untouched natural rock remain and contrast with the low relief panel that displays an abstract pattern. By chiseling and polishing the stone, Lasansky exposes the inherent forms, colors, and textures within the stone. He also implies the passage of time in the progressive stages of polishing a series of circular protrusions, from natural, unfinished stone to heavily worked, smooth, and reflective stone. In his sculptures, Lasansky seeks to convey "a visually viable balance between the untouched areas of primordial material and those areas the chisel consciously animates."