Sculptor John Toki's "Black Triangle" Installed at PSR Campus

March 6, 2012
Jake Stafford

Renowned Bay Area artist John Toki's sculpture "Black Triangle" was installed on March 1 at the entrance of Pacific School of Religion’s Doug Adams Gallery and Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology.. PSR is grateful to the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE) for securing the loan of the piece from the artist.

Toki said that he shaped “Black Triangle” through inspirations related to elements found in nature. Mountainous forms are represented in the roughly sculpted surface, which is meant to mirror the topography surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. The blue, purple, and teal colors reflect water and sky patterns.

Made in 1994, the sculpture is made from a combination of twenty different pigmented ceramic stoneware and porcelain clays, and stains. The detail work on the front of the sculpture is made from colored porcelain inlays, and sculpted into the piece while it was damp. After drying for three months it was fired to 2300 degrees Fahrenheit, over a period of five days, and then cooled for five days. Most recently the sculpture had been on loan to the University of San Francisco from 2002 until 2011, and was originally included in a sculpture exhibition curated by Richard Kamler.

Toki was born in the Bay Area and was an apprentice to Stephen De Staebler, whose sculpture is the centerpiece of the Graduate Theological Union Library rotunda. De Staebler had a long association with the arts at GTU.