20 PTTSAAES by Robert Mangold

PTTSAES Wall Sculptures

July 8 – September 18, 2016

Public Opening Reception: Friday, July 8, 6 – 8 pm

Foote Gallery

At the Museum’s entrance sits an iconic 30-foot cherry red sculpture that appears to explode from the ground and has become synonymous with Loveland Museum. This new exhibit of sculptural wall pieces from Robert Mangold’s PTTSAAES series is an exploration of this energy within the static form. These ideas are expanded with this new series of works, never before seen in a museum setting. This exhibition is presented in coordination with the conservation and refurbishment of the large outside sculpture that is part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Mangold’s series, PTTSAAES, can be seen as the culmination of his diverse efforts to integrate investigations of both space and movement as embodied in sculptural form. Though deriving its title from an acronym for the phrase, Point Traveling Through Space At An Erratic Speed, the point and its speed are purely implied. The viewer’s interaction with the sculpture is important as the eye follows the line from segment to segment, with colorful piping positioned to form angular joints that appear to burst through the walls.

Mangold’s primary artistic concern is the interrelationship of time and space as expressed through movement in sculpture. Equally fascinated by natural systems ranging from the sub-atomic to the cosmic and the dynamics of man-made constructions, the inspirations for Mangold’s compositions are exceptionally far-ranging. Developing his first wind-driven pieces in the late 1950s, Mangold has continued to explore movement, both actual and implied, ever since.

In addition to the PTTSAAES series, his kinetic compositions are wind-driven, stainless steel sculptures he labeled Anemotives, which juxtapose the consistency of repeated movement with the unpredictability of the driving force, the wind.

Born in 1930, in Huntingburg, Indiana, Robert Mangold received his arts education from Indiana University, where he earned a B.A. in 1959 and an M.F.A. in 1960. He has taught at Indiana University and Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, where he currently resides.

Robert Mangold has exhibited internationally in more than 20 solo exhibitions, and his work has frequented important group shows throughout the world. He is the recipient of numerous awards including both the Colorado Artist of the Year and the AFKEY Award from the Denver Art Museum as well as the Henry Moore Grand Prize from the Hakone Open-Air Museum, Tokyo.


FREE Program with Dr. Andrew Svedlow
Thursday, September 8, 5:30 pm