A glance at Arp’s reliefs places him as one of Stella’s predecessors. In fact, Stella has
acknowledged him. The work has a charming minor quality but is still thought provoking.
In this piece, for example, it looks as if the parts are rearranged after being separated by the saw—unity comes from the origin in a larger whole. I have already mentioned his papier dechiré, which anticipate my own Islands. I don’t believe that they were as random as he claimed.