Sculptor Lloyd Hamrol Puts His Pieces Back Together

February 27, 2015

The sculptor Lloyd Hamrol (b. 1937) came of age in the vibrant, freewheeling, and highly charged art world of Los Angeles in the 1960s, as the city established itself a major center of contemporary art. Hamrol made a name for himself as a creator of conceptual installations with his studio-based work. In 1965 he was presented with the New Talent Purchase Award by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and was subsequently featured in the museum’s exhibition Five Younger Los Angeles Artists, along with Tony Berlant and Llyn Foulkes. During this period, Hamrol was active in “situational” art events and installations—ephemeral, provocative, participatory, and often political creations and “happenings.” He often collaborated with fellow artists Claes Oldenburg, Mark di Suvero, and Judy Chicago (to whom he was married from 1969 to 1979).

Lot 23, Lloyd Hamrol, Green Piece (One Up One Down), c. 1969

Lot 23, Lloyd Hamrol, Green Piece (One Up One Down), c. 1969
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 23Green Piece (One Up One Down) (c.1969),
 is representative of Hamrol’s sculptural work of  the time. He created laminate-on-wood rectangular units, or “modules,” which could be reconfigured as assemblages, or “sets.” About an installation, 5X9 (1966), he describes that his intention was  “to pose certain questions about the nature and definition
 of sculpture in the form of a user-friendly object. . . [E]ach modular set was an embodiment of my idea of indeterminacy (uncertainty); each set could represent the concept, and the narrative could be told through a folding-unfolding game played by the viewer.”

Since the 1970s, Hamrol has worked primarily in the field of public art. His architectural and environmental sculptures—which have been commissioned for sites across the country—include Uptown Rocker in Los Angeles, Gyrojack in Seattle, and Pier Plaza Amphitheater in Huntington Beach, Ca. Hamrol’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Laguna Art Museum.


From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:

  Lloyd Hamrol recently visited the March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction preview. I had the pleasure of speaking with him and discussing this lot.

Lot 23, Lloyd Hamrol, <em><em>Green Piece (One Up One Down),</em></em> c. 1969

Lloyd Hamrol, left, with Lot 23, Lloyd Hamrol,
Green Piece (One Up One Down),  c.1969

March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

It was fascinating watching him interact with Green Piece (One Up One Down). He moved the pieces around, into different configurations, and eyed each new “set” with awe and reverence, admiring the changed piece(s).


Lot 23, Lloyd Hamrol, Green Piece (One Up One Down), c. 1969

Lloyd Hamrol with Lot 23, Lloyd Hamrol, Green Piece (One Up One Down),  c.1969
March 1, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

 Lloyd also told me about meeting Carl Andre at his one-man exhibition, Carl Andre: Cuts (1967), at the Dwan Gallery in Los Angeles. This was a memorable event for Lloyd, since the esteemed artist told Lloyd that he liked his work. So, he was happy to see during his LAMA preview visit a print that relates to the poster for Andre’s solo at the Dwan Gallery!
  Lot 96 an offset, limited-edition poster made by Andre for his 1967 exhibition Carl Andre: Cuts, is on offer March 1. You can see more about this exhibit in Carl Andre’s archives at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art website:—198968


Lot information:
Lot 23
Lloyd Hamrol
Green Piece (One Up One Down)
c. 1969
Formica and wood
30″ x 12″ x 6″ (dimensions adjustable)
Together with copy of receipt from the artist
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist, 1969)
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000

Lot 96
Carl Andre
c. 1960s
Lithograph on paper
#48 of 50
Signed with edition in ink lower center sheet
Image/sheet: 21.625″ x 15.625″; Frame: 29.25″ x 23.5″
Estimate: $8,000 – $10,000

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Lloyd Hamrol says:

Peter and Team…thanks for sharing a highlight of my recent visit. “Green Piece”
looks good for the wear, but I seem to have gotten shorter.

Looking forward to the action later today………LH