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Fly By

86 x 51 x 37 in. (218.44 x 129.54 x 93.98 cm)

Robert Hudson (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1938 - )

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Paint on steel
Credit Line: Gift of the students of San Jose City College and David O'Mara
Accession Number: 1986.05


Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection, November 20, 2004 - July 9, 2006, New Wing, Second Floor, South Metro A and Central Skylight Galleries, San José Museum of Art.

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Inside Out: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2004-2006)

Fly By (1965) is typical of Robert Hudson’s large-scale steel sculptures from the 1960s. Inspired by David Smith—a pioneer of modernist metal sculpting in America—Hudson learned to fabricate sculpture using materials generally considered “industrial.” The ambiguous forms of Hudson's early steel sculptures became more complex when he began experimenting with the malleable metals he retrieved from the Sierra Nevada foothills. The unusual organic forms Hudson created were a direct result of his new metalworking technique. “I heat [the metal] up with a torch and then I can fold it like soft clay,” Hudson once explained. “It wrinkles and folds over like dough, or like honey off a spoon.”

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  • Sculpture Dimensions: 86 x 51 x 37 in. (218.44 x 129.54 x 93.98 cm)

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