The following information was provided by the artist unless otherwise noted.
Roy Gussow was born in Brooklyn NY. In 1948 he received a BS in Industrial Design from the Institute of Design, Chicago IL. He studied with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Alexander Archipenko. Gussow was an assistant to Archipenko at the Institute of Design 1945-1946 and at his Woodstock Summer School in 1946.
"What is distinctive in Gussow's work is the harmony of his poetic sensibility and its expression through total control of the physical presence of the object. The technical virtuosity displayed in these pieces is arresting, but the sense of finish imparted by the work rests on more that its competent execution. The design is impeccable. The separate shapes attract and pull toward one another. Some suggest a unit that is in the process of dividing. The complementary elements create their own system of gravity. So perfectly realized are the interrelationships of the elements in the piece that they seem inevitable. The rhythms of curve and undulation, of both the solid elements and the negative spaces created by the placement of those shapes, vary as one is carried around the work. Looking through it, one observes changing reflections on the surfaces. A great deal is going on in this work. The spaces embraced by the forms are charged with a crackling energy. The surface of the metal reflects its surroundings, knitting the work into its environment. The reflectivity creates areas of white light that eradicate the weight of the material. Edges seem hard or soft, depending, literally, on one's point of view. In their environment, these works seem to hover between materiality and ambiguity."
Marilyn A. Sweedler, Roy Gussow: miniature/monument.
Freedman Gallery, Albright College, 1979
Regina Stewart, Executive Director