³ism #2

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Project by Patricelejeune posted 10-23-2014 04:51 PM 1112 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I received some news from friends and it reminds me of ³ism #2, a piece I gave them when they left for Europe for work reasons.

³ism #1 was a bit more of an experimentation of everything I wanted to do and to learn how to make in this fusion style, ³ism #2 is calmer more subdued and more thought.
Also smaller it was easier to concentrate on a smaller range of color and a simpler composition, more efficient maybe.
I like them both, and both represent some achievement for me, but ³ism #2 has something that makes me particularly proud.

This piece is made out of left over veneers (recycled art) both natural and dyed.

And it has been exhibited in couple shows

Was sold, then couple months later, was exchanged for other pieces the collector really wanted to have

And has it had been sold before, I decided to gift it to my dear friends before they leave for Europe. It is in a good home.

Here are some details.

-- Patrice lejeune

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#1 posted 10-23-2014 05:17 PM

Nice indeed. I am continually amazed by the remarkable effects you get with transparency in veneers. Your work in the fusion style is to be much admired. Many folks may not realize that this is all achieved with wood veneers.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#2 posted 10-23-2014 05:43 PM

Abstract art is a bit beyond my understanding, apart from the colors and balance to the composition Patrice, but there is no doubting your outstanding talent and ability to create with veneers, whatever you envision with your creative mind. This piece doesn’t have to take a back seat to any painted abstracts as far as I can see.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-23-2014 06:18 PM

Thank you, I did not mentioned it was made with veneer, you gave me a chance to develop a bit the story as I was looking for more pictures.
I understand abstract is not for everyones liking, like any other style as a matter of fact.
As a side story, couple months ago my uncle visited us from france and asked me if I was doing abstract because it was easier than realism. No. It is not easy to do a good abstract. In fact I find it more difficult. You really need to put a lot in it, emotions in particular, and thoughts. The composition is extremely important way more than in realism. Abstract does not forgive a bad composition and layout and color balance and etc…

-- Patrice lejeune

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#4 posted 10-23-2014 08:02 PM

I have resigned myself to the knowledge that I will never understand “Art” in general but creativity and innovation are things that I can understand and I can appreciate them even if I don’t understand the “Art” part. Fusion is an intriguing facet of veneer working and should be given a try by anyone who enjoys pushing the envelope.
Not everyone will create “Art” but everyone will learn more about their medium.

Thanks for offering us another challenge Patrice.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 10-23-2014 09:20 PM

I LIKE it( abstract) art

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#6 posted 10-23-2014 09:30 PM

Well I’ll probably be one of the few here to have some understanding. My father paints a lot. And by a lot, I mean AN AWFUL LOT. I’ve seen him work over a canvas over and over again until a vibrant feeling appears, you know, the “WOW” factor of any work of art that goes beyond the mere illustrative purpose (which is okay). My pesky sister and my Mom also have that bug (I got the sculpting and science ones myself) and it’s a sight to be seen when all of a sudden a drawing or painting becomes alive, sometimes becoming way better than the original picture (the girls both do copies, and they do it great). Sometimes it’s only a tiny detail that makes the difference, sometimes major things have to be done differently. I have experienced that too in my own creations (no I won’t share any) and I absolutely agree that it’s far harder to do abstract than realistic matter. In music too, it’s okay to shred around playing scales lightning fast, but there hardly is any emotion along with that. Virtuosity is not all about technique, it demands strong emotional transfer. Well, I see both masterful technique and emotional virtue in your veneer abstracts (seen many of them on Patrick’s blog), so I can relate somehow. My two cents :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 10-23-2014 11:59 PM

I have never seen anything like this before. Excellent work. You sir, are very talented.

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#8 posted 10-24-2014 12:42 PM

Very nice! I really like those flowers, too. Here is wood as art, for sure. You have a lot of talent. My expertise in ³ism would be making boxes, but they aren’t all that abstract.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 10-24-2014 05:51 PM

Thank you

I do like boxes to.

-- Patrice lejeune

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