In the simplest terms, the first "paintings in the round" or sculpture works ....are extrusions from paintings from that same year, 1975. Using the two- dimensional rectilinear shapes of the paintings as a ground plan, Wardlaw extended them upward to a height of eight feet to form a cluster of colored rectilinear columns. As objects ...they operate as physical presences in the viewer’s space; they are literally three-dimensional blocks of color in space or compressed paintings in the round. ...these works must be circumambulated to be comprehended as a whole.
Hugh Davies, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
(All Hugh Davies quotes from George Wardlaw
De Cordova Museum, catalog, 1978-79).