“Topically this piece may have something to do with Man’s intrusion on Orb Moon—an heraldic stele, so to speak, but a definite statement is out of keeping with the times, therefore let it stand as ‘A Formal Study in Wood, Gesso and Iron.’
The technique, if successful, is that happy transmutation of the Lost into the Found, Junk into Art, the Neglected into the Wanted, the Unloved into the Loved, Dross into Gold, hence: ALCHEMY, what Man has been looking for as long as for God, which—BEWARE—in Mr. Canaday’s sagacious words is unmistakably Fooldsgold. Otherwise the technique might be described as ‘latter-day craft on early-day craft.'”
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Artist Questionnaire, December 1961.