INSTALLATION: Depending on Your Perspective
“We all have our most comfortable vantage points; our favorite lenses. To truly understand, we must consider views from many angles and often uncomfortable perspectives.” -Richard Becker
Becker invites the viewer to explore his installation of “Perspectagons” — a dual installation with a large lighted “Perspectagon” placed in the front window of Sparks Gallery, along with a “forest” of lighted hanging sculptures. These sculptures in their simplest silhouettes can be viewed as round, square, or triangular. All views are absolutely correct, but no single view is sufficient. The Perspectagons were sculpted digitally, 3-D printed in laser sintered nylon, given a UV coating, and embedded with an LED to achieve the colorful glow.
The artist has also engraved 25 artist proofs and 25 numbered editions of Perspectagon spinner coins, available for purchase. Each coin is silver-plated die-cast zinc. They are meant to spin, and viewers are welcome to try one of them on the mirrored surface of the pedestal beneath the installation.
The coins are “Precious little reminders that you can’t always depend on your perspective and must look beyond your particular version of the obvious,” notes Becker. Each is engraved with the below message:
EASY ANSWERS OFTEN LIE
UPON THE SINGLE VIEW
REVEAL THE WHOLE AND TRUE
Born and raised in Los Angeles, an artistic child, photographer, teenage published author and amateur motocross racer, Becker eschewed art for a career in the sciences that earned him several patents and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Then, in 1996 while on a 3-year assignment living in Europe, he fell back in love with the arts.
Since then he has pursued this passion vigorously, blending the arts and sciences including collaborations with The Getty and The Tate. With works spanning the serious to the offbeat, his public and corporate art include the monumental POW sculpture at the US National Cemetery, several busts for The Emmys in Hollywood including Mary Tyler Moore and Ron Howard, and a bronze homage to Homer Simpson for Fox Studios. Becker’s commission interests are works that strive to honor and inspire others through this lasting art form.