Art of William A. Maecker in the collection of Seymour H. Knox, circa 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987. Several of these works were kept in Mr. Knox office, 37th floor of Marine Midland Building, (HSBC) downtown Buffalo, NY. Remaining pieces were kept in the Knox home. It is believed they are now in collection of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
These of the Bow and Arrow series were made in 1983 through 1987. Construction is of solid blocks of virgin wood taken from demolition sites downtown Buffalo in that period. Cut for virgin timbers growing more than two hundred years ago, these huge trees were made into massive buildings in Downtown Buffalo at the turn of the 20th Century. Demolition of “old” buildings made way for new, somehow less interesting structures now in their place. Conceptually these constructions are a blend of old and new; old wood blended with new flexed Acrylic materials. Cedar arrows fit into bores in old timbers; fit into precise angled holes to flex simple curves of 90 to 110 degree range. Elegance of form, flow and transparency are augmented by reflections of light on walls. Their simplicity echoes their didactic purpose; blending old into new. This particular piece had the honor of placement directly behind Mr. Knox’s chair where he sat. I had the pleasure of enjoying many hours of conversation with him there, exchanging stories, sometimes of Art. My extra pleasure was seeing my artwork on his wall behind him as we talked. Those were interesting times, with an interesting man.