Theodore Roszak, American, 1907 - 1981
wood and lacquer (plastic)
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At this time in his career, Theodore Roszak was interested Constructivism, an austere form of abstraction that favored industrial forms and materials. He was also a student of the Bauhaus style of modernism and taught at the Design Laboratory, a government-funded experimental design school co-founded by Irene Rice Pereira and others. Working with wood and plastic, Roszak sought to eliminate subject matter in his work from 1936 to 1945. His wall-mounted sculptures from this period, including Tri-Circle, possess an uncompromising sense of structure and form. After 1945, he abandoned Constructivism for welding and a more expressionistic style.