William Hunter tries to develop and work through abstract concepts with his lathe-turned objects, creating movement, defying gravity, engaging the viewer with complex line, and encouraging contemplation. “Rhythm and transformation, powerful elements in my life, are manifested in the metaphorical vessel. My work and my days and seasons are rhythmic cycles of insight, breakthrough, exploration, execution and refinement,” he says. Hunter’s aim was to embody the essence of life in this abstract work. Symmetry and precision result from the use of the lathe. Hunter curved and sliced the wall of this vessel to create identically shaped twisting stems with openings for the penetration of light. These precise shapes counterbalance the cocobolo rosewood’s distinctive bands of colors, patterns, and textures. Each stem shares the same exact shape, but the natural beauty of the wood makes each unique. Kinetic Rhythms #1277 expresses the relationships between inside and outside, front and back, dark and light, solid and void.
Gift of Jane and Arthur Mason 1998.114.6