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Turnstile Figure
Date: 1967
Culture: American
Dimensions: Overall: 5 ft. 3 in. x 33 in. x 38 in. (160 x 83.8 x 96.5 cm)
Medium: epoxy resin and wood
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: Gallo is a contemporary sculptor who uses modern materials in a classic art form, the depiction of the female figure. He works in polyester resin, reinforced with fiberglass. He has developed his own techniques for casting and finishing this strong, durable material. The figure is sculpted first in clay, then cast in translucent plastic. Gallo then burns and etches in the areas he wishes to color brown. The resulting figures are both lifelike and surreal with a highly-polished surface similar to that of marble. Gallo has said that the turnstile figure represents a hermaphrodite image, the turnstile as phallic symbol. He captures the poses and gestures of the female figure, and she exudes a sensuousness that belies her aura of innocence.
Object Number: 1968/9.31
Currently not on view