Artists need to observe patterns in their behavior. For me, pattern is the most important element in art making. Knowledge comes from repetition, visual cohesiveness comes from repetition, personal truths come from repetition. Notice.
If the artist can pull way back and observe the chronology of their work, patterns will emerge. Often, that pattern is seen retrospectively, but it helps to know what you are doing, even if you are in the middle of it.
A while ago, I knew that sooner or later I would do something with chairs in my work. Love their shapes and their differences. We have two houses chock full of chairs, to the point that we can handle no more. Where did this start? Figured that out.
It was with my rather large collection of gliders. Most are in good shape, nicely reflecting a well-used history. Some are kind of abused however. It was with these that the idea came.
Glenn got this one for me off of a street in south St. Louis. Its rails are gone, and the seat is full of automobile body putty. I still wanted it. I WANT THEM ALL.
This one is in better shape, but the rails and swinging devices are totally gone. It sits on nubs. Low-slung.
This aluminum glider skeleton never had any cushions. I put pressure treated wood where the seat should be and have plants on it nine months out of the year. Being aluminum, it is in fine shape. It simply has no cushions.
I would love to be able to take parts of these gliders and mix and match them, weld them to the other, and make silly conjunctions. My mind can see how wonderful they would be. But I lack the skills. Glenn has them, but he has his own work to do. I dropped the idea and started working with wooden windows. I can do screws and a drill.
The chairs did not leave completely however. An early window sculpture features the back of a chair that was found in a house built in 1939 which was moved to our land. It was used as a beautiful line.
The detail shows also that an armrest for an outdoor aluminum chair was used in the composition. The break in the pane of glass is highlighted in gold paint the way the Japanese do their broken teacups.
Coming into the present, the image above represents a good haul from one day at the Goodwill Clearance Center, a place where parts for sculptures are secured. The white baby high chair I bought for the wood, knowing that it would make great spacers to keep my windows from colliding. They would do what the dowels are doing in the image below.
I sat the doll chair in front of three windows for which I intended to use it as spacers. Then I thought, why not keep the chair integral but also use it as spacers? So below it is in progress.
And here it is finished, but not photographed with an infinity wall yet.
A child’s ladder, divided in two and wooden hammer complete the image. The sculpture rolls around on wooden casters.
For the next chair in progress, the windows are completely dropped. Interesting way to progress.