Louis Bunce, (American, 1907-1983), Machine, 1970, mixed media on paper, 28” x 21 ¼”, collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, the Bill Rhoades Collection, a Gift in Memory of Murna and Vay Rhoades, L2014.019.
In 1970, Louis Bunce startled his art public by creating a series of works that radically differed from his earlier production. In precise, linear style he rendered images of cabinets, tables, consoles, and apparati. Machine recalls the instructional drawings that he made as guides for ship assembly when he worked for the Portland shipyards during World War II. At the same time, Machine depicts a fanciful, improbable mechanism in the tradition of Dada and Surrealism.