Primary Metals

The square, triangle and circle where among the first pieces I created after disassembling a mattress spring. It seemed a natural beginning to make a square. I used a twin mattress because it’s width, typically 36”, was a good size for a wall sculpture. I simple measured down the length of the twin mattress to where the rows of springs were close to 36” and cut. The raw piece can be seen in the images below. A square mattress spring was interesting, yet not intriguing enough and became curious to see what a smaller square hole in the middle would do to the visuals. During the process of cutting the smaller square it came to me that offsetting the squares could be a way to highlight the two-sidedness and act as a path to get to the other side without going around. The sides of a mattress spring look identical so you wouldn’t know one from the other unless the inner squares were offset.

I decided that the cut outs would be offset in the triangle and circle as well, yet wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull either off – realigning the coil springs to form an approximately 36” equilateral triangle and circle may not work. Keeping the coil springs in rows was one of the requirements/restrictions I had for these pieces. The triangle was next and proved to be challenging and I wasn’t able to keep it an equilateral yet it was a close 39” tall and 36” wide. The circle took twice as long to make. In the end, I had to compromise the perfect rows of coil springs in order to make a 36” diameter circle. I lined up the middle row of springs cut directly from a twin mattress then began subtracting coils as the curve became smaller toward top and bottom. I’m sure there is some mathematical equation which could be derived from the quantity of coil springs and their reduction row-to-row.

I experimented with painting them different metallic colors such as copper, silver and gold and seeing as they are primary shapes, red, yellow and blue. Enjoying the shadows, I painted the square white so when it’s displayed on a gallery-white wall, the shadows would become more prominent and potentially be seen as part of the piece instead of an effect. I very much like the double vision effect when lit from the sides and top. After staring at them for days leaving them up on the wall of my studio, even using the three together as the background on my computer, I realized that if I want to highlight the offset holes in the middle that painting each side different colors just might be the most effective treatment. Deciding on the specific colors was fun! The square’s colors are similar to that of a pair of 3-D glasses. You know the kind you used to be given at a theater when watching a 3-D movie? I might be dating myself here … do theaters still do this? The blue and chartreuse on the triangle doesn’t quite have the vibration potential of the square’s red and teal, yet it’s still interesting. And last is the yellow and chartreuse of the circle. Perhaps you didn’t notice this right away? The yellow makes the chartreuse appear more like a lime green in my view. I enjoy color play.