Photo by Lyle Peterzell

Shaped Edge

Sculpture: oil on corrugated cardboard with wire and painted wood dowels
29 x 18 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (including wire extension)
Date: 1980

The Vogels collected Don Hazlitt’s work predominantly in the 1970s and 1980s, as the artist was gaining critical notice for reliefs that pushed the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and collage. His corrugated cardboard wall sculptures combine oil paint with Day-Glo pigments on discarded, industrially produced packaging material, giving the traditional medium of painting a vernacular aesthetic. The rough edges and hollow, irregular forms evoke the idea of fragments, and the artist’s use of wooden dowels and hanging pieces of wire suggest an incomplete architecture or process of construction.

All works by Don Hazlitt
RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design
Accession: 2009.59.9
  • The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Rhode Island. RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, July 20, 2012 – December 2, 2012.

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