Donald Lipski (American/Illinois, b. 1947), "Tank-Tread Heart", 1991, steel tank treads and mixed media, h. 15 in., w. 34 in., d. 31 in. Provenance: Property of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Sold to Benefit the Acquisitions Fund. Note: Donald Lipski gained national recognition with his 1978 installation piece entitled “Gathering Dust,” in which he displayed over two thousand tiny sculptures, delicately tacked to the exhibition wall first at the New York gallery Artists Space, then at the Museum of Modern Art. Each small piece was created with tiny discarded objects like paper clips, matchsticks, and rubber bands. Initially driven by minimalists such as Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre and Donald Judd, Lipski found himself drawn to the pragmatism of working with found objects. His most celebrated works are composed of common items: books, milk jugs, tree branches, loose chandelier crystals, and a myriad other objects. As Leslie Kaufman writes in Sculpture Magazine, "Donald Lipski’s work embraces principles of democracy and inclusiveness. With the freedom to make art out of anything at all, he embodies American ingenuity and resourcefulness." In this lot, a tank tread is welded into the shape of a heart. The beauty of this piece and many of Lipski's works often comes from the diametric opposition of his materials and his composition, in this case a tank tread and a heart. Lipski, a lover of puns, instills his sculptures with a humor that cannot help but evoke light-hearted introspection.
Ref.: Kaufman, Leslie. “Appreciating the Physical World: A Conversation with Donald Lipski,” Sculpture Magazine 26.9 (2007): 28-35. “Donald Lipski.” Wikipedia. www.wikipedia.org. Accessed Aug. 14, 2016.
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