August 21, 2011

Karl Stirner, Hounds of Hell

Karl Stirner

Karl Stirner, Hounds of Hell, 1999-2000, iron, 48 x 39 x 58 overall

“…Transformed from ingot ends of I-beams into a work of art by the artist’s intent, their cropped edges “shod,” the twin hounds stand on end and preside over oblivion below. In this last aspect they reach back to Rodin’s Gates of Hell, and in their extensibility, outward to earthworks like James Turrell’s Roden Crater Project in northern Arizona.”

Ken Delahunty, in Karl Stirner: Hounds of Hell, essay for the exhibition, Jan 2-28, 2001, Williams Center Gallery.