Albert Paley's sculptures are towering explorations of form, composition and the surprisingly expressive range yielded by deftly worked ferrous metals. Paley has described his design theory as "founded in paradox," and revels in the dichotomous character of iron and steel that embodies opposite and seemingly contradictory states: movement and stasis, suppleness and strength, rigidity and plasticity. His fascination with the changeable nature of metal has fostered an innovative forging technique hailed by some as instrumental in the resurgence of American metalsmithing. Yet Paley also understands himself to be the inheritor of an ancient tradition, and his art is nourished by many sources: medieval gothic and baroque scrollwork, the organic flights of Art Nouveau, all combined with personal fantasy.
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