CONSTRUCTS                                 1987 to 2017

 

Ancient South Pacific islanders navigated the open waters of the Pacific assisted by charts made from bamboo or reeds.  The patterns of waves reflected from the shores of distant islands were recorded in a configuration that could be held in one hand.  These sailers were enabled to predict the location of previously unknown and undiscovered lands by observing wave patterns.  Places like Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, Hawaii and Easter Island were populated through trust in these simple, lightweight constructions.


Much like the Islanders comprehension of the seas, our knowledge of the heavens results from the study of wave patterns of light that emanate from stars or bounce off planetary bodies.  Their two dimensional frames reminded me of the three dimensional works of R. Buckminster Fuller and Kenneth Snelson and I wondered how the idea of a similar diagram might play out in a sculptural form.  That was the starting point for my Star Charts in 1987.

Untitled            2016

Latex Rubber and Twine on Pine Log

17” high & 23” wide

Three of 19 stable positions

Star Charts  2, 3, 4 & 5            1987 reconfigured 1997

Acrylic on Paper and Canvas on Wood Frame

32” high

2015

Acrylic and Twine on Chair Legs

Aa a variation on a tetrahedron, there of four stable positions

Untitled            2015

Acrylic and Twine on Pine Log

45” high

Untitled            2016

Acrylic and Latex Rubber on Twine on Pine Log

17” high

Untitled            2016

Acrylic and Latex Rubber on Maple Chair Legs

23” high

Untitled                2017

Acrylic, Canvas and Twine on pine log with chair spindles      

17 1/2” high

Untitled            2017

Acrylic and Twine on Altered Chair Parts      

17”high

With a personal history as a woodworker, I employ the structural sensibility contained in a chair as a metaphor for atomic or molecular arrangements.

The design of my ‘Star Charts’ greatly influenced my ‘Eyes of the Earth’ series of paintings,

Star Charts