Cutty, Two Rocks (for AK)(2004)
In this abstract entanglement of shapes and forms, Ann Weber manages to create balance and conflict in a single image. One green C-shape form and a white C-shape form link together, and seem to wrestle one another with obstinate force. Swirls of charcoal lines behind the shapes enhance the sense of dynamism and movement. A spherical form accompanies each C-shape, as if watching the match from opposite corners of a boxing ring. To render the image, the artist employed paint, charcoals,
and muddy ink washes, collaged together with staples. The presentation is a hint slipshod, but refreshingly unfussy and honest.
20th Century Art: Lot 16
Ann Weber Cutty, Two Rocks (for AK) (2004)
It’s unsurprising the creator of these modeled forms in space is, in fact, a sculptor. For her graduate studies, Weber studied with the ceramic artist Viola Frey in California, who encouraged her to study from modern masters. Working initially in clay, Weber began throwing shapes in the style of Kandinsky and Miro. But after moving into a second-story studio space, Weber grew weary of hauling clay up and down her stairs. She noticed a pile of cardboard boxes on the floor, and started to experiment with the ephemeral material, and over twenty years later, it is still her preferred medium. The lightness and flexibility of the cardboard has allowed Weber to bring her modeled, modernist shapes to large-scale installations. Not unlike Cutty, Two Rocks (for AK), her sculptures have an anthropomorphic quality, toeing the line of abstraction and figuration.