Thursday, November 18, from 2 to 4, Tour the Morton Rachofsky Studio
Only a limited number of ten artists can attend at one time, so this event is obviously very limited. Please email your reservation to Peg Rosenlund email@example.com or phone 214-368-3796 and the first 10 artists to respond will be the ones who attend. We will keep a waiting list in case some artists have to cancel at the last minute.
Morton Rachofsky: his roots, his influences, his work
Although Dallas-born Morton Rachofsky’s roots are in Texas, he is already considered by many well beyond a regional sculptor and an emerging American sculptor. His works are already in corporate and private collections, not just in Texas but elsewhere as well. Rachofsky studied with the noted Mexican-American Master Sculptor Octavio Medellin at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, then at Southern Methodist University with contemporary fine art sculptor James Surls, whose work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
His major influence, however, has been the internationally renowned Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal. Rachofsky’s exacting spatial relationships and his assembling and reassembling of the integral pieces that define his stainless steel and wood sculptures parallel the Spaniard’s fascination with mathematics and the precision of his interlocking components.
His beginnings may seem unusual for an artist, what with a BBA from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Graduate School of Business. However, both schools nurtured the analytical and mathematical bent evidenced in his approach to sculpture. In fact, some of Rachofsky’s collectors have said that many of his abstract works suggest financial bar charts to them. Similarly, his subsequent career in commercial real estate provided outlets for his interest in architecture — in buildings and infrastructure — whose influence shows up in his body of work. Many of his sculptures suggest architectural concerns with the grouping of forms in space and with lines suggesting skyscrapers and pyramids.
Also influencing his art has been his longtime interest in puzzles, in exploring possibilities, in developing ideas — some of which led to patents, as for a binary abacus, a three-dimensional puzzle, and a highly publicized 25-hour clock. That influence can be seen in how he initially conceives a sculpture, then looks at ways it can be rearranged to transform it completely.
Rachofsky’s sculptures have been exhibited at some 60 art expositions and have been installed at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art. The Dallas Bar Association, The Legacy at Preston Hollow, and Chaparral Steel are corporate collectors of his work, as are more than 20 private collectors.