The Three Observed 2.    William Vazan
(Canadian, b.1933)
The Three Observed, 1992
sand blasted granite
Gift of Dr. Michel D'Avirro, 1992

Located on the front lawn of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

As a land artist working during the 1960s and 1970s, William Vazan made conceptual works that articulated the intimate relationship between humankind and the earth. In the late 1980s, he began to rout granite stones in a quarry north of Kingston near Tamworth. He uses a sand blaster to draw on the stones in a process that he describes as an intuitive expression of the aura and character of each stone. The engravings, suggestive of imagery from ancient civilizations, are interpretations of universal archetypes. In The Three Observed, the kinetic lines crossing the surface seem at odds with the immense size and weight of the boulders, creating an unusual quality of frantic energy inhibited by paralysis. Vazan's work fuses natural form with imagery borrowed from ancient traditions to suggest a unifying energy permeating matter and human culture.

Article: Big Weird Rocks
by Catherine Hale, Queen's Journal


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