beautiful mathematical forms in bronze and alabaster
Larry’s Frazier’s beautiful mathematical sculptures were featured in the internationally acclaimed, peer reviewed Journal of Mathematics and the Arts. His work is in the Yale University Art Gallery permanent collection. Larry never took a formal class or workshop in stone sculpture but enjoyed figuring the mathematics of each piece out to realize what popped into his mind.Larry’s enlightened math teachers in high school showed him the magic of Mobius strips. A “math/science major,” the school’s literature teachers propelled him into a liberal arts rather than an engineering further education. “Art” being required at the private school Larry was tossed into the sculptors’ class randomly and fell in love. He went on to complete a BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and found the translucence and delicacy of alabaster irresistible.
Larry creates mathematical conundrums in stone with handheld power tools without big power tools to get a “quickie.” Such tools would make his delicate edges impossible. Some folks ask whether he breaks much; he actually doesn’t, because he works gradually to the final, fine edge, taking care that his tools don’t develop a mind of their own! Of course, experientia docet, goes the maxim.
A dab hand, he literally can see a Mobius in the block of raw stone. Because of his former paper props, his works have taken on their characteristic thinness.
The Mobius strip is his form of choice quite simply because its twists and permutations demand exploration. Larry’s mathematically twisted mind lends itself to contortions. The distinctive lightness in his Mobius forms departs from the heavy-handedness of past sculptors, the few who have who attempted their complexity. Untutored, Larry never discovered any natural limitations. As a result his many collectors seem to enjoy the grace in stone as much as he does