Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Antagonistic Voyeurism by Fred Zahn

Antagonistic Voyeurism

Wood, Steel, and Bronze

12' x 8' x 8'

Fred Zahn
Westville, OH

8th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1994-1995)

Artist's Comments

As a sculptor, I am interested in the creation not just of objects, but also of contemplative and provocative spaces. The work is geared toward the uninitiated rather than just the art sophisticate. In the pursuit of making connections and calling up emotion in a viewer/participant, the selection and use of materials is at least as importnat as the creation of objects and spaces. The structures involved in my outdoor work are built from basic elements. Large wood posts and beams, large steel vessels, large steel nuts and bolts, chains, and bronze bells are all materials with certain inherent characteristics that are both rural and industrial in nature. The turn-of-the-century quality in the detail of these materials mixes with the structure to establish a tone with the viewer. The tone (or mood) also acts as a filter that affects perception and amplifies the energy of subsequent interaction within the space and aparatus of the sculpture. Viewers are asked to work with what has been provided. They are encouraged to look at it, move in and around it, shake it, hang on it, ring it and, eventually, feel it. The dialogue the viewer establishes with my work is a central concern of my art-making. I ask the viewer to commit to a certain level of exposure as they explore and interact with what I have made. They draw attention to themselves as they enter an open space, walk gingerly across an elevated platform, or ring a bell, and this element of their own display is meant not only as an interaction/dialogue but also a performance, and possibly vicarious exhibitionism. Personal experiences are filtered through this common environment. This affect creates a marked effect on the viewer and they become the final completing element of the composition.
Fred Zahn