Bradford Graves

Bradford Graves'  Writings

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The Making of Sculpture

“The making of sculpture may be taken as a desire for wholeness: The

recognition of one’s identity as part of the earth and its materials. In

the confrontation of one’s inner image with physical materials, a

dialogue begins and the result is a sculptural statement. Through this

dialogue an attempt is made to clarify subject and object matter. The

subject matter is the discovery, and not how much I know as I fabricate

the sculpture. The object matter is the myriad of personal

preconceptions that we transfer on to materials. People, cultures,

other objects, past events - all become the excess baggage of

symbols carried around with us; become the basis of abstract object

art. Out of this confrontation, what we look for is the art of “The real.”

The real is the dialogue between fabricator and his materials, not a

dialogue with oneself. One wants to touch, walk the earth, and create a place for events. The material I

have chosen to have a working dialogue with is stone. Stone, one of the oldest sculptural materials, not

to be confused with its architectural use, has been limited by its outer boundaries, the monolithic block. I

have attempted to overcome this by utilizing work methods derived from constructivism, the pitting

together of separate blocks allowing space to become an active part of the sculpture. This is a unifying

method of working that allows each unit of my sculptures to create its own reasons for existence. The

process is analogous to crystallization. First there is the idea, the basis of an internal ordering of

structure, expanded or split into different units. From this, the resulting segmentation of a conceptual

idea through physical units hints at the crystallization. They become like stars in the night sky, each

defined by its own space, but perceived together they make up the fabric of a universe.”

-Bradford Graves  1939 - 1998


A Legacy Carved in Stone



Sculpture - A Definition

by David Smith from "David Smith"


The Handling of Materials

To Construct a Sculpture

The Making of a Sculpture

The Mythology of Stone








Brad's Writings 

Selected Essays