Oakland, California 94609
About Billy Hiebert
Carved Marble Sculpture
Billy Hiebert, whose sculpture was first shown at the Resident
Gallery in Lafayette, writes: "Sometimes in looking at sculpture one should allow the hand and the eye 'to
see,' not the mind."
His elegant, smooth, rounded forms in marble, sometimes emerging from roughly chiseled blocks, are derived from
organisms he lives among. They irresistibly attract the hand and caress the eye but also engage the mind.
Marble is hard to come by here. Hiebert uses old grave stones. From death symbols he creates life-foetal forms
pulsating with life about to unfold.
The versatile sculptor also imbues welded brass objects with a sense of growth. These towering pieces, blush-pink
from the torch, suggest bulbs sending forth spiraling shoots. They are also horns. Hiebert, a trumpet player, blew
these fantastic instruments at the preview.
(excerpt) Oakland Tribune - July 18, 1965
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