Artist Aaron T Stephan likes to provoke and challenge visitors to reassess their perceptions of the world built around them. His sculptures investigate how recognizable symbols and materials shape our impressions of everyday objects. Using both a critical eye and a wry sense of humor, Stephan’s artworks comment on the complex webs of information and relationships carried by the material world around us.
Comprised of 20 cast iron triangular segments bolted together, Flat World is a two and a half ton globe that challenges the “trite idea of using a small sphere to represent an entire world.”
30 Columns is a spiraling cascade of classical Greek Doric columns that unravel and dance across the lawn at Shelburne Museum. These columns abandon their traditional vertical forms and structural functions, thereby calling attention to their autonomous agency, narrative, and beauty.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.