OOSI Sculpture

Inner Circle

2007 / David Deming / Cleveland

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David Deming, former CEO and President of the Cleveland Institute of Art, explained that Inner Circle was inspired by a Mesoamerican folk type called "Chacmool" where a reclining figure supporting itself on its elbows, holds a bowl for sacrificial hearts on its stomach. Its head is always facing 90 degrees from the front.

Deming chose to use this figure as an inspiration, because his Art History teacher in school, Frannie Taft, was a specialist in Mesoamerican art. She knew many of her students, such as Deming, were much better visual and tactile learners than writer-learners. She asked her students to create a modernized abstraction of a Mesoamerican figure, and the curious styling of the Chacmool stood out to David. The resulting sculpture was Inner Circle (albeit on a much smaller scale). The influence of Chacmool on Inner Circle is clear. A largely lateral composition, with one side coming up higher than the other. On the East 115th side of the statue, there is even a gap that mirrors the opening between Chacmool's calf and thigh. Deming's design can be viewed from either side, but it is not symmetrical. The uneven brushed steel surfaces shimmer and shade like a chiseled rock. The massive piece's compact, imposing construction is interrupted by lines, caverns, and a sizable circular hole. And in a most notable way, the lopsided sculpture balances perfectly on its curved bottom, perhaps a reference to the bowls the Chacmool's bear on their bodies.

When asked about this piece Deming mentioned that growing up in Cleveland drawing industrial machinery and intricate tooling fixtures really influenced his style. He said he has always loved the interesting metalwork, even from a young age, and that this piece, and those similar to it ("Rockers," as he came to call them), brought back a little bit of that feeling from his childhood, drawing machines in the Flats.

Location: Yard behind Juniper Building, Juniper Road

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: David Deming, “Inner Circle,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed June 23, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1364.

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Title

Inner Circle

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David Deming, former CEO and President of the Cleveland Institute of Art, explained that Inner Circle was inspired by a Mesoamerican folk type called "Chacmool" where a reclining figure supporting itself on its elbows, holds a bowl for sacrificial hearts on its stomach. Its head is always facing 90 degrees from the front.

Deming chose to use this figure as an inspiration, because his Art History teacher in school, Frannie Taft, was a specialist in Mesoamerican art. She knew many of her students, such as Deming, were much better visual and tactile learners than writer-learners. She asked her students to create a modernized abstraction of a Mesoamerican figure, and the curious styling of the Chacmool stood out to David. The resulting sculpture was Inner Circle (albeit on a much smaller scale). The influence of Chacmool on Inner Circle is clear. A largely lateral composition, with one side coming up higher than the other. On the East 115th side of the statue, there is even a gap that mirrors the opening between Chacmool's calf and thigh. Deming's design can be viewed from either side, but it is not symmetrical. The uneven brushed steel surfaces shimmer and shade like a chiseled rock. The massive piece's compact, imposing construction is interrupted by lines, caverns, and a sizable circular hole. And in a most notable way, the lopsided sculpture balances perfectly on its curved bottom, perhaps a reference to the bowls the Chacmool's bear on their bodies.

When asked about this piece Deming mentioned that growing up in Cleveland drawing industrial machinery and intricate tooling fixtures really influenced his style. He said he has always loved the interesting metalwork, even from a young age, and that this piece, and those similar to it ("Rockers," as he came to call them), brought back a little bit of that feeling from his childhood, drawing machines in the Flats.

Creator

Date

2007

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Location County

Location Site

Yard behind Juniper Building

Location Street

Juniper Road

Installation Date

2007