Monday, January 11, 2010

The Delicate Art of Books...

A reluctant return to the day job following the most productive 'snow days' absence of last week, but not quite all was lost as this commitment at least afforded a rare opportunity to make a quick sketch, of a pair of books, disturbed from their slightly-reclining upright position upon their respective display perches at the end of a stack of shelves. Having fallen, slumped, tilting forward to rest against each other, the books now performed a delicate balancing act along the almost-horizontal, held together in a tense act of apparently miraculous gravitational defiance, an accidental sculpture/installation.


graphite/15x10cm scrap

Such encounter brought to mind something of the order of Eugenie Scrase's wonderfully observed 'School of Saatchi'-winning installation 'Trunkated Trunk', a chunk of tree trunk sawn from a whole fallen to become accidentally impaled upon iron railings, found along a residential street, which again illustrates that art might be found anywhere one has the sensibility to appreciate it or its potential as such & then realise such vision,


Eugenie Scrase 'Trunkated Trunk' 2009

& also the balancing-act steel sculptures of Richard Serra, one such example of which is pictured below.


Richard Serra 'Kittyhawk' 1983

3 comments:

JazzGreen said...
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JazzGreen said...

When I saw Scrase's work on 'The School of Saatchi' I was reminded of my own encounter with the "fallen"...

It's mentioned here...

http://www.jazzgreen.com/artistjournal/castles-made-of-sand

TV's Mr Snooker said...

Thank you for your comment, Jazz.

Can see the reminder of your own encounter & photos, thanks for the link.
Your 'remainders' seem much more raw & poignant than Scrase's cool aesthetic. Love your art-hist reference to Goya, too - very scholarly & most apposite.