Donated by Victor Colby
This work is an enamel painted sculpture of a man levitating a woman, like in a magical act. The sculpture reveals one of the many ways one might construct such an illusion. There are many other scientific ways to levitate objects, like electromagnetic, electrostatic, aerodynamic, acoustic, gas film, optical, casimir force, and buoyant.
This piece is by Artist Victor Colby, recognized for his American folk art style. He is both an art professor and a sculptor. Colby was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1917. He attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Cornell University with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art in 1950. He was a member of the art faculty at Cornell teaching sculpting for 32 years until his retirement in 1982.
Although Colby was a professor of art his entire professional life, his life’s work and passion has been sculpting. As a young boy growing up in Greetingsville, Colby learned to whittle by watching his father. He has been carving and sculpting various materials ever since.