|Project by Div||posted 04-01-2011 09:59 PM||2375 views||1 time favorited||40 comments|
Some of you might know that I have been working like a slave to build pieces for an upcoming exhibition called “Out of the wood”. I was fortunate enough to be asked to enter. Monday past I submitted 15 pieces to the gallery. Only 2 works were rejected by the curators, so I am happy.
“Palette” didn’t make it. It is a side table in Oak (because I had some off cuts!). The top of the round table is covered in old artist’s palettes, with glass over. The glass rests on four small legs that elevate it a little above the textured surface of the palettes. My wife is a professional artist/painter and I have been collecting her old palettes for some time, wanting to somehow incorporate them into furniture. The buildup of paint creates amazing texture and color.
Why was it rejected? Well, curators/art critics are particular and academically highly qualified in art and design. Not me! I didn’t get the opportunity to ask them but in hindsight, here is my take:
The four very straight legs don’t go with the round base and top. I think it would have looked better had I introduced some curve to the legs.
The complete top is covered with palettes and looks overdone. Maybe showing some wood would have been better, possibly a circle within a circle or just a single palette…
What is your opinion? Don’t think that you will hurt my feelings; this piece has already been before the most critical viewers!
Live and learn, I’m still just a woodworker. It is a miracle that anything has been accepted at all!
-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."