Eversley speaks of energy, space, time, and matter—concepts familiar to physicists and mathematicians and to an electrical engineer who gave up a career in the space program to make sculpture. The disc form of this untitled work is the result of the centrifugal process. Its highly polished surface concentrates ambient light in a bright central orb that shines like a distant star in the emptiness of space and draws the viewer into a cosmic place. But the parabolic shape also acts like a lens that captures light and the reflections of objects around it into a miniature black universe that dramatically alters relationships in the surrounding space.


  • Title: Untitled
  • Creator: Frederick Eversley
  • Date Created: 1974
  • Physical Dimensions: 19 5/8 diam. x 6 1/2 in. (49.7 diam. x 16.6 cm)
  • Credit Line: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase
  • Artist: Born New York City 1941
  • Medium: polyester resin/cast

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