The shadow and contour of a head is created from of a collection of screws arranged in a swirling patterns, welded and ground down to create reflective points. In 1202, the Italian mathematician Fibonacci posed and solved a problem involving the growth of population of rabbits.The solution was a sequence of numbers known today as Fibonacci numbers in which each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. An application of the numbers appear in spirals created by drawing circular arcs connecting the opposite corners of squares in the Fibonacci tiling. This can be seen in uncurling of ferns, branching of trees, flowers. The arrangement of the metal points in this work by Dunning is in a similar Fibonacci pattern that swirls and changes with light as the viewer moves.
The artist commented on his work: "My sculptures are objects of reflection and contemplation. The head that I employ in most of my work is generic, non-specific, genderless, egg-like in form and intention. I look on them as a mirror which reflects back the observer's experience in new combinations and associations. The works are open ended with no didactic intent other than to see my new possibilities." Dunning holds a MFA (1971) from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Dunning has exhibited across Canada and his work is held in a number of private, corporate and public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Carleton University and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
About Dale Dunning
Canadian, based in Ontario, Canada