The theme for the 2008 Esherick show was
I was excited to make a chair and began to contemplate/sketch ideas. If a concept would pop into my mind at work at Ibanez guitars sometimes they were sketched on the back of warranty cards like the two original sketches for structures and is your heart free?
The first work Structures was designed to create a functional art chair that seemed non functional and would make the person leary about sitting in it but still be very strong.
After building the chairs "structure" or skeleton I added a glowing fluorescent plexiglass seat then completed the work by it a encasing it like a spider web.
The next work was Is your heart free?
This piece was created to be kind of anti chair. A lot of chair design and construction becomes so labor some with delicate precise joinery. These "labor of loves" begin to lack emotion and feeling because of how time consuming they become.
I wanted to make this work in one day to captured the emotion behind it. The piece featured a birds nest with a front screen placed where the heart would be. It has been pulled open to beg the question has love escaped or return to nest again.
The cedar shingles have been placed the wrong way to show that while it may be protected it will eventually break down due to the elements like rain falling downwards.
Is your heart free was accepted into the exhibition.