Hook in Repose (Il gancio sganciato)
2001, Querceta, Italy



After producing many sculptural hooks in a middle format which in turn protruded from walls, Hook in Repose took on its own new significance. This unhooked hook (il gancio sganciato) evolved as a sculptural image through a transformation from the abstract 2-dimensional realm into the 3-dimensional; the nail or hook holding a painting/photograph then being focalized rather than the picture itself, thus re-entering the spatial arena. Within this functional setting, the implication of the hook as a carrier and holder became important, implying dependency and addiction, especially within the context of changing one’s own habits.

granite (200 x 75 x 160 cm)

David Smithson © 2001-2022