Sunday, March 18, 2012

Wanderings • AD 20/21

We wandered off again this weekend.  It started with David and I heading north to help our daughter and son-in-law paint the bedroom for their new baby due in approximately 3 months. Exciting times! We spent the night sleeping on one of those blowup double wide air mattresses that went flat at about 3 AM. Oh, well. Today we went into Boston for the 5th annual AD 20/21 show (Art and Design of the 20th and 21st Century) at the Cyclorama. It was our first visit to this show and we found lots to excite us, not the least of which was the building. The room was crowned by this impressive skylight.

I knew nothing of the history of this building but it was unique and visually fascinating. A quick Google search lead to a little history but I appreciated it as an incredible display space with an industrial period in its past.

Much of its charm came from that which was left raw.

But, I hadn't stopped by to see the building. I wanted to see the art and design and the first booth was a show stopper for me. It was the work of Jacob Kulin from Kulin Modern. I especially liked Three-Sixty which was a tryptic wall sculpture constructed of steel finished in black oxide and rust. It was three-dimesnional - half of what you see in the following photo is shadow lines.  

Here is a view from the side.  It is an incredible study of line and negative space.

Much of his work was a combination of industrial chic and sculptural principals.  

He had also created a series of furniture designs that belong in my Branch series for sure. He has a group of tables at the show that combined different branches with differing barks along with other materials. 

The following wall piece, Willow III is constructed of burnt bamboo and mahogany. I was impressed with the subtle gradations created by burning.

This Sunday wandering was another experience in being inspired by the creativity of others. I left having been exposed to new ideas, new materials, new processes. As always, its got me thinking!

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