Ulrich Ruckriem
Cutting these stones must be akin to throwing clay upon the potter's wheel and forming something of it. This process includes recognition and acceptance of the unforeseen, along with the good sense to incorporate the "wabi" rather than erase it. Finally, it is the artist's sensitivity to each stone's natural variations in color and texture - and his acceptance and incorporation of the unpredictable - that distinguish these enormous sculptures, despite the overlay of an organizing principle that points elsewhere.

Born in Dusseldorf in 1938, the artist now lives in London, and works mainly in three different European quarries, using each as a studio: Tampere, Finland; in Vigo, Spain; and in Vire, France, from which the majority of the stones in this exhibition originated. The exhibition is comprised of stone works created over the past ten years.

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