Richard Aber, 1974
Wax sculpture located in the Titan Student Union Atrium. It was a gift of Camille Duran. Paradigms was originally created for "Inferential Sculpture," Aber's 1974 M.A. exhibition at Cal State Fullerton. Camille Duran, a university supporter was so impressed with the work that she commissioned Aber to convert the temporary installation into a permanent work for the university collection. The wax sculpture was on display in the Titan Student Union's Chapman Atrium until 2017 when a wooly mammoth skeleton, donated by the Gregg Family Foundation, was assembled and installed in the same location. It has since been relocated to Langsdorf Hall.
Richard Aber (1948–) worked with wax as a sculpture medium during the early years of his career. The medium's malleability and erosive capacities intrigued him—specifically, the impact of heat and the melting process. With all the sculptures in this series, he chose to work with shapes such as the circle and oval, geometric shapes typical of minimalism, which was an important art movement at the time the work was created. Geometric shapes are seen in many of the sculptures in the Cal State Fullerton collection but some of theses are more in-line with early twentieth-century modernist styles. Minimalists often used industrial materials that had no previous artistic associations rather than traditional artistic materials. However, Aber chose to work in wax, a non-traditional material for a finished sculpture, that allowed the artist to demonstrate a handmade quality rather than the austereness of industrially mass-produced materials used by the minimalists. Although Aber still works as a sculptor, primarily in bronze, painting has increasingly become his medium of choice. He has been exhibited nationally and is represented in the Orange County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, and other public and private collections.