Karl Wirsum, The Hard Way
With the close of the 1960s and the final Hairy Who exhibition, Wirsum began moving away from conventional art objects and into puppets, display signage, kites, and mannequins. His visual language changed, too, leaving behind the curvilinear forms and high-key color paintings for which he was known, and initiating a hard-edged geometric language with fewer colors and a focus on the possibilities of working with the entire human form, not just the bust.
|Karl Wirsum, Untitled, 1973, Ink on board|
|Karl Wirsum, A Long Way from Foam #2,, acrylic, marker, and ink on styrofoam|
|Karl Wirsum, Great Skates II, 1976, acrylic on board with painted frame, 31.125 x 25.25 x 2"|