Born in 1887, Jean Hans Arp was a German-French sculptor/painter involved in many modern art movements of the 20th century including expressionism, Dadaism and Surrealism. One of the most important sculptors of the 20th century, Arp strove constantly to extend the boundaries of conventional art.
The sensual forms of Jean Arp, Sophie Taeuber Arp and Constantin Brâncuși’s art appeal to Gary’s focus on the human form, especially of the facial three dimensional structures of his current portraits. These structures break into abstract shapes that can be discerned and seen individually.
With early involvement in life drawing, the edges of the form began to captivate Gary’s thinking. Seen as a line that could create clear visual definition, Gary began to integrate line into his work. Followed by Gary's work in ceramics, the third dimension developed into an important part of his drawing philosophy.
Gary learned from Arp to accept chance as a way to release his creativity from rational and traditional controls.
The drawing above is two sided and hangs independently off the wall. Gary calls it a sculpture, however the third dimension is only implied.