I’ve been shifting my work to things a bit more sculptural of late. A new juried show that The Art Center put on gave me the impetus to try some really different things. I’m sure you’ll be able to guess right away that the name of this show was Black & White.
The first piece is a pretty conventional turning, but I added some deep texture with my pyrography. The texture was set off by a series of buttons I turned out of Corian. I have been experimenting with pattered texturing for a couple of months and wanted to try it on this piece. I like using Corian as well. It’s such a different material than wood to turn.
The piece is called “Formal”, because it kind of reminds me of a tuxedo with the white buttons.
This next one is a bit further out there. I had quite a few maple cutoffs from a cabinet maker, so I thought I’d recycle them into a curved, stacked sculpture. I have used this kind of imagery in much of my 3D digital art, so thought I’d try it in wood. Once again, all the black pieces are heavily textured, while the white pieces are left smooth and glossy.
This piece is called “Stinger”, since it developed from the concept of an articulated insect with a stinger. I’ve got some new ideas for more of this kind of work, but will probably shift to segmented pieces. I have one on the lathe right now as a prototype.
The third piece for this show is probably the most different. I had an idea that I wanted a suspended piece, that had some organic character. When Bob Hunt and I did the Installations! show, I liked the finials that Bob had designed. I turned a number of them for that piece and kind of got into a rhythm. I decided to incorporate that shape into this piece, but took it to the extreme. This piece has 54 of these finials, mounted in an inverted and highly textured bowl form.
I’ve gotten chided on this name from a lot of my friends, but this one is called “Squiddy”. Here’s a little closer look at the main form.
I definitely had fun doing these pieces and want to explore this approach some more. I like the non-traditional forms and the use of heavy texture and color. Let’s just hope we don’t have another show with pink as the theme.