BILL SORTINO

Constructions

I began to get interested in creating sculptured works in 1993 as I was manipulating the semi abstracted landscapes I was working on. First, I began to add wood to the outside edges of the canvas, to alter the recognizable shape of the rectangles. The intent was to go beyond the standard line of the canvas and still maintain a flat surface. I initially just started to use different length stretcher bars and then began adding wood to the shaped canvas.

This eventually led me to start to look at the possibility of developing constructions with wood and no canvas used at all. I began cutting sections of plywood and screwing and glueing them together, but they were becoming a little too heavy. Then I was able to get scrap wood from a neighbor who made nice small step ladders with carved and painted animals on each side of the step. So I was able to use his cut outs in my pieces and get some very interesting shapes as a result.

As I pursued this vision, I began to move further away from the wall and the pieces took on more of a sculptural look. That then led me to really begin to try and emphasize the negative space in the work, actually the air and as a result, to open the space up and use the air and shadows that were created by light as part of the piece. I continued with this style until about 1998. These constructions are a sample of some of the results and the best, for me, being the period I began seeing them as music.

 

 

Cochiti Lake
26" x 39"
Oil on Wood
$2,000

 

 

Icarus
34" x 36"
Oil on Wood
SOLD

 

 

Far and Wide
33" x 30"
Oil on Wood
$2,200

 

 

Up A Tree
33" x 38"
Oil on Wood
$2,200

 

 

Not the Wind
35" x 34"
Oil on Wood
$3,200

 

 

Kick The Bottle
36" x 36" x 4"
Oil on Wood

 

 

Buffalo
40" x 48" x 11"
Oil on Wood
$4,800

 

 

Maha's Flag
38" x 40" x 4"
Oil on Wood
$3,200

 

 

Yellow Circle
48" x 36" x 6"
Oil on Wood
$2,800

 

 

Metamorphosis 2
22" x 17" x 3"
Oil on Wood
$1,400

 

 

Moon
23" x 23"
Oil on Wood
$1,800

 

 

Through The Window
44" x 44" x 3"
Oil on Wood

 

 

Just A Circle
38" x 24" x 3"
Oil on Wood with Steel

 

 

Solitary
32" x 46" x 3"
Oil on Wood
$2,000

 

 

What Circle
44" x 41" x 5"
Oil on Wood
$3,000

 

 

Taos Mountain
35" x 25" x 5"
Oil on Wood and Steel
$2,400

 

 

Paradise
26" x 31" x 4"
Oil on Wood
$2,200

 

 

Untitled 1
36" x 30" x 5"
Oil on Wood

 

 

Untitled 3
24" x 23" x 5"
Oil on Wood
$1,300

 

 

Untitled 4
17" x 26" x 5"
Oil on Wood
$1,200

 

 

Aspen Vista
23" x 17" x 4"
Oil on Wood with Steel
$1,200

 

 

Boogie Woogie
35" x 25" x 13"
Oil on Wood
$4,000

 

 

 

Brass 1
34" x 38" x 13"
Oil on Wood
$4,000

 

 

Brass 2
26" x 22" x 12"
Oil on Wood
$3,000

 

 

Brass 3
28" x 27" x 13"
Oil on Wood
$3,000

 

 

 

Brass 4
36" x 13" x 9"
Oil on Wood
$2,200

 

 

Brass 5
35" x 12" x 13"
Oil on Wood and Steel
$2,600

 

 

 

Blues
27" x 24" x 9"
Oil on Wood and Steel
$2,000