Have been buying old chairs for several years now. Luckily, we have enough space in the barn for the horde. One just has to buy them when the price is right and for me, that price is two bucks or less. For a while it seemed fun to dream about mixing the parts of these chairs to make funky examples. But the path of art can change things. I knew chairs were in my future, but not this way. They are being layered into my windows. Just noticed this diversion.
Bought six of these chairs many years ago for five bucks apiece. Two have been broken, four are still around our computer table. Love the bentwood design. They are from an old restaurant, and have a kind of bad habit, especially when it comes to teen aged boys. If one is too rough, the support for the back rest breaks. That happened, but nothing is wasted around here. Notice the chair leg below.
Up to this point, my typical 2-D orientation stuck. I layered windows on the wall. And chairs, as it turns out.
It was making work for the “Envisioning O’Keeffe exhibition that got me thinking about working in the round.
Above is my piece. Called “College Bound” I intend to sift together my experience of teaching at Columbia College with that of Georgia O’Keeffe. Neither of us lasted too long. Anyway, it was fun to work on both sides of this dangerous piece. A new game!
The piece is a smooth and shiny as it looks here. Layers and layers of varnish have been applied. To me this surface suggests that this collection of shapes in intentional, not an accident of collection. To make the objects work together better, they have been given the same “skin”.
Other pieces came later that have the same “feel” to me, and the same shiny varnish.
“Thinly Orchestrated” 2015 This is the second side of the first image discussed. It has a bent wood leg, and two armrests from another chair.
The two images above represent both sides of “From Blackjack to Florissant: Polly and Her Mantel”. There are two pairs of chair legs in this piece. The story behind this is as follows: As a child, our family adopted a Siamese cat from the small town of Blackjack, near our home. A couple of years later, my mother salvaged a mantel from the same house, to install in our family room. The chair legs here to me seemed like a mantel. Again, layers and layers of shiny varnish to make all the parts of this composition seem intentional.
The following are just studio shots but you can see the idea keeps having legs.