Wood

Engineered wood is another consumer material such as mattress springs. I see both as raw material in that it is purchased in a state which needs to be manipulated and/or joined with other materials to produce a consumer product. I enjoy each because I can reform them in ways as to be rendered functionless and therefore be seen only as a form of art.

The actual piece installed in Scottsdale Arizona for the year-long, annual show, INFLUX, next to the scaled chipboard mockup and images of its making. 

With this piece I wanted to recreate something perceived with linear perspective. For instance, if you stand at the edge of a series of columns or supports of a structure all of the same size and distance between them, the closest one will appear to be the largest and the furthest, the smallest. The same will be true for the spaces between each. The cut outs or slats in the piece follow this basic rule of linear perspective. I also enjoyed the idea of the four pieces which make up the sculpture forming two identical circles set 5 inches apart. The edges of each piece and cut outs are also painted to match the faces so that from most angles you can identify all four colors from one vantage point. 

The piece which inspired To Atone and images of its making. 

This piece is also two 6’ diameter circles set 5 inches apart, yet with 2’ circles cut out off center and not in the exact location of the other. This creates a strange visual flattening when viewing the circles at an angle – shown in the images below. This affect is the same in-person though not as stiking –  photography tends to flatten depth. I also used flat sheen latex paint which gives the pure hues an effect of glowing or as if the colors emanate from within the piece.

These two pieces are made from discarded event tables I found in a dumpster. I used the original parts of the tables – I added no new parts including re using the rubber edging for all cut edges. I also offset the cut outs in the middle for visual effect.