Jay Willis' stacked gently curved vertical sculptures have a cheerful exuberance sustained by every aspect of his work.
Bright primaries and pastels on flat surfaces intentionally fragment his tall slender forms into free-floating planes accented by the sharp unpainted aluminum edges of each part. His work is not weighty, self important pieces but gentle ones which fulfill their own program. The elements are screwed and welded together to form a shape that has a generally upward direction-an open, vertical structure. The colors alternate between segments and establish a rhythmical beat.
Willis begins a piece by constructing small maquettes of plexiglass in order to work out his compositions and study the actual physical balance of the sculptures, before they are fabricated in aluminum.