Patrick Dougherty: Stickworks
August 29 through December 4, 2011
Robert L. Ringel Gallery
Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Patrick Dougherty learned about primitive techniques of building and experimented with tree saplings as construction material. Beginning about 1980 with small works fashioned in his backyard, he quickly moved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental site-specific installations that require sticks by the truckload. To date he has built over two hundred such massive sculptures all over the world.This exhibit presents documentary photographs and project models of many of these projects, as well as a record of “Sidewinder,” a piece recently created and on view on the Purdue University campus.