Pentagon Totem: High Five
Stainless steel, paint
250 x 60 x 60 cm (98 3/8 x 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 in)
8 x 21 x 40 cm (3 1/8 x 8 1/4 x 15 3/4 in) (plinth)
1 x 98 x 98 cm (3/8 x 38 5/8 x 38 5/8 in) (base)
Pentagon Totem: True That is the latest development in Angela Bulloch's ongoing series of sculptures. The work consists of five assembled geometrical figures known as irregular dodecahedrons, meaning each element is made of irregular 12 pentagonal planes.
Angela Bulloch's series of sculptures examines the connections formed by the geometrical shapes of their structure, together with their associations of colors, and the exhibition space. Made of painted steel, the surface of the vertically assembled dodecahedrons creates an optical illusion of pushing and pulling planes. Conceived and designed within a digital imaging program, each superimposed module appears distinct while at the same time relating to the others.
By changing the appearance of the column in accordance with one’s point of view, Bulloch plays with our perception of sculpture while orchestrating our experience as gallery visitors. In order to envision the work in its entirety the viewer has to turn around it, which at times seems graphic—almost abstract—shifting between two and three dimensions. Here, the artist transfers major themes of Minimalism into the present, and more specifically the aesthetic exploration of objects’ influence on spatial perception.
The work weighs 250 kg approx.