Last updated on November 21st., 2014.

The Modular Set: Accidents.


In 1976 I was invited to exhibit at the Wright State University Gallery in Dayton, Ohio. The gallery was surrounded by an upper level balcony, providing an unusual view of the exhibition floor below. This motivated me to address the connection in my design for the site.

I made a 1:24 scale gridded model of the gallery and balcony floor areas, and a matching model of the Modular Set, set the Modular Set on the balcony overlooking the gallery floor, and tipped it over the edge, allowing it to fall. I took a slide of the resulting arrangement, and further slides as I dissassembled the grouping, until only those elements which lay flat on the gallery floor remained.

Using these slides as a guide, and matching the grid lines on the gallery floor model to the parquet tiling in the gallery itself, I reconstructed the arrangement of the fallen Modular Set model full size with the actual set elements. I followed this general procedure in the design and re-creation of arrangements of the set for a number of subsequent exhibitiions.


"Fall" at Wright State University Art Gallery, 1976.

The exhibition design model and dissassembly sequence for "Fall".

"Fall." The site specific installation.

"Fall in DAAP, Active Worlds ®."

"Fall in DAAP, Active Worlds ®,
with mezzanine installed."

"Detail of Model in 3D Studio Max ®."
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The National Sculpture Exhibition,1976-7.

In 1976 I was invited to participate in "The National Sculpture Exhibition," a two-year touring show visiting the University of Georgia, Athens; University of Tennessee Gallery, Knoxville; Western Carolina University Art Gallery, Cullowee, North Carolina; Greenville County Art Museum, Greenville, South Carolina; The Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Ashville Art Museum, Ashville, North Carolina. I sumbitted the set, and offered a site-specific installation to each of the participating venues. Ashville, Athens, and Cullowee accepted my offer, and the installaions are shown below.


"Thrust" at The University of Georgia, Athens.

The model of the set was arranged with the longest elements set two deep, two long, and four wide, on top of the smaller pieces, similarly organised, so as to fit through a scale model of outside door of the gallery. The model was vigorously pushed through the doorway, and the resulting arrangement reconstructed in the gallery.


"Slip" at Western Carolina University, Cullowee, North Carolina.

For "Slip" the model of the set was arranged on a board in layers against a model of the gallery wall, stacked in descending order with the smallest modules placed on top. The board was then tilted towards the wall and lifted away, allowing the set to slip down against the wall.


"Fall" at Greenville County Art Museum, Greenville, South Carolina.

Here the model of the set was arranged with the longest elements set two deep, two long, and four wide, with the smaller pieces, similarly organised on top, into the angle of a folded sheet of carboard, representing the acutely cornered gallery walls. The arrangement was tilted upward until the walls were vertical, and the model toppled out of the fold. The resulting effect was reconstructed in the gallery.


"Push" at The Kentcky Artists and Craftsmen's Featured Artists exhibition, Owensboro Museum of Art, Owensboro, Kentucky, 1977.

As at Athens, the model of the set was arranged with the longest elements set two deep, two long, and four wide, on top of the smaller pieces, similarly organised, on a rectangle of cardboard. The set was pushed lengthwise onto grid paper, and the resulting accident reconstructed in the gallery.

"Push" model.

"modeled in 3D Studio Max ®."
2.3mb mpg animation

"In DAAP, Active Worlds ®."


"Tip" in "Exhibit 3" at Base Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2006.

For "Tip" the small scale set was arranged with the longest elements set for deep and four wide, with the smaller pieces, similarly organised, aligned lengthwise in descending order by size, inside their storage box. The set was tipped sideways from the box onto the display table, and the resulting arrangement exhibited. in the gallery.


The Modular Set in Iowa.

The Modular Set: Rythms.

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