Sam Richardson, That’s a Small Island with Snow and Frozen Water
Born 1934, Oakland, California
Lives in Oakland
That’s a Small Island with Snow and Frozen Water, circa 1970-75
Acrylic and Plexiglas
Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art
Gift of the artist and Adrienne Richardson
Sam Richardson’s innovative sculptures of the late 1960s and early 1970s helped to push the boundaries of the evolving landscape art genre. He began teaching at San Jose State in 1964, at a time when “Everybody was experimenting with plastics,” he once reminisced in an interview. The rolling contours of That’s a Small Island with Snow and Frozen Water bring to mind the geographic terrain often captured through aerial photography, while its square configuration recalls the demarcation of topographical maps. Richardson's un-peopled, anonymous, imaginary landscape functions as a visual and conceptual ripple from C5's aluminum sculptures, Analogous Landscape, visible across the gallery.