Located in hallway ED 101, outside ED 189 (Education Building, 1st Floor)
Wood and concrete
40″ x 91″ x 27″
University of Regina President’s Art Collection; pc.2015.02
A Regina-based artist, Zane Wilcox produces minimalist sculptures that draw inspiration from architecture and the prairie landscape. Working in the clay tradition of the province, his sculptures are distinguished by their distilled shapes and emphasis on the effects of light and shadow. What results is artwork that foregrounds form over conceptual content.
While Wilcox’s sculptures use much of this Minimalist language, they avoid a meticulous finish in favour of imperfect surfaces that speak to industrial or commonplace usage, in order to ground them in the everyday.
He notes: “I am interested in the structuring effect that our built environment has on us. It enables and constrains us, creating possibilities while limiting our scope of action and directing our behavior. We shape the world, and it shapes us. My work reveals the underlying structure of architecture as a metaphor for this structuring dynamic.“
Wilcox received an MFA from the University of Regina in 2012. He has been awarded a number of accolades, including the Saskatchewan Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Craft, and the Centennial Merit Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina. The Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center was awarded to Wilcox for Aerodrome.