"JOHN ROPER UNTITLED"
In a novel the author describes a character in fine detail, and yet in our own minds we put that character together somewhat differently. so too with abstract sculpture.
We all see the same physical mass, but we may feel differently about it. It speaks to us in our own language, that is assuming we choose to stop, observe and listen.
The abstract sculpture creates a unique dialogue between the sculptor and his audience. communication through form, using space to express emotion.
The placement of a specific title on a sculpture causes a breakdown in this communication, forcing the viewer to see the work from a position that may not be based on their experience. In so doing we can invalidate the emotion of the audience thereby inhibiting an affinity for the composition.
My objective is to evoke emotion, not control it. With this thought in mind I see the lack of a title as a positive action.