Skagway, 1977, is composed of folding and curving plates of metal that evoke the delicacy of paper. Light reflects off of the work’s lively surfaces at different angles, causing radical changes in the monochromatic sculpture’s rich red colour. In the early 1970s, Murray began exploring asymmetry and the ways that it can evoke a sense of movement as curves and planes shift with the viewer’s perspective―Skagway is one of many works from this pivotal period.
Mastery in Metal
Robert Murray, Skagway, 1977
Painted aluminum, 195.6 x 276.8 x 91.4 cm, Collection of the Kelowna Art Gallery, Gift of Toni Onley, 2001. Photo Credit: Dan Dragan.