Biomorphic Works, 1960 - 1963
Following the short period of African-inspired style, Etrog developed the style, which brought him international fame and critical success. Committed to the possibilities inherent to bronze sculptures, Etrog found his own voice and created the first of many styles by which he would become identified. The biomorphic works of the 1960s are characterized by formal elegance and lyricism which reveal Etrog’s fascination with the representation of movement in the static medium of sculpture. These works resist the heaviness of the sculptural base as their elongated forms soar from the ground and culminated in a dramatic biomorphic top, which is filled with movement.
These works were selected by top museums such as the MoMA and the Guggenheim (both in NYC) as well by important private collectors like Joseph Hirshhorn and were most prominently showcased at the Canadian Pavilion of Venice Biennale in 1966 and at Expo ’67 in Montreal.