AMERICAN, BORN 1944
After Gilbert Hawkins visited Storm King in 1972 and dropped off photographs of his work, Storm King co-founder Ralph E. Ogden sought him out and made arrangements to exhibit his Blue Moon, a steel constructivist piece, for a year. Ogden ultimately purchased and commissioned several sculptures by Hawkins, both for Storm King and for his private collection. Ex, a totemic wood assemblage, is composed of simple geometric forms. Various rectangular wood blocks are attached to a central vertical piece. A single notch, approximately one-third of the way down from the top, animates the work. A separate timber attached to the back is set at an oblique angle, forming the work’s X shape, which inspired its title.