Dale Dunning, ‘Sorites Fetish’, 2011, Oeno Gallery

Sorites Fetish is composed of more than 800 steel machine screws welded together with bronze. It plays with the Sorities paradox, sometimes translated as the paradox of the heap. A typical formulation involves a heap of sand, from which grains are individually removed. Under the assumption that removing a single grain does not turn a heap into a non-heap, the paradox is to consider what happens when the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap? (Or are even no grains at all a heap?) If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? In this case, it involves the artist's starting point, a heap of screws.

The final image shown here is of the reverse side - where the bronze weld creates another face with a completely different patina. The work is free-standing on a base and benefits from three dimensional viewing.

Sculptor Dale Dunning’s skilled craftsmanship never overshadows the story he wants to tell. Often he presents new ways of looking at the human face – sometimes as a mask, other times brimming with words and thoughts – and always compelling, a deconstruction of sacred narrative.

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 corporate and national collections.

"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 new possibilities. I work in metal because I love the physical tactility of it and the processes involved in making a sculpture.” – Dale Dunning

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