cast stone, circa 1965, unsigned; some small repaired areas around the base, some toning to the top and inside but otherwise in very good condition
21 1/4 x 8 x 8 inches
exhibited: "An Exhibition of Sculpture / Norman Carlberg", Pennsylvania State University, College of Art & Architecture, 1966
Norman Carlberg was born in Rousseau, Minnesota in 1928 and studied at the Minneapolis School of Art and then with Josef Albers at Yale, graduating in 1958. Carlberg was influenced during his time at Yale by the work of Erwin Hauer, who had been creating sculpture in a modular, constructivist style since the early 1950s.
Working in metal, both polished and painted, as well as cast stone, Carlberg's sculpture was included in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition "Recent Sculpture USA" in 1959, and also in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1960, and Whitney Museum of American Art in 1962. He also collaborated frequently with the Australian modernist architect Harry Seidler (who had studied with Josef Albers at Black Mountain College), and many of Carlberg's larger sculptures were included in Seidler's projects.
The quarter-round form that appears as the "base" of this sculpture is a frequent element in Carlberg's work. It is echoed, in reverse, on the white stone at the top of the sculpture, and this positive-negative theme is again reinforced by the contrasting colors of the work.