Small, mid century modern style abstract wood sculpture
12 x 6 x 2 inches, wood and marble base

Small standing vertical table sculpture constructed of wood with a marble base.  The top part of the sculpture swings back and forth if touched and
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Leon Smith
Pachinko (Small Mid Century Modern Inspired Abstract Sculpture of Wood & Marble)

2015

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Small, mid century modern style abstract wood sculpture 12 x 6 x 2 inches, wood and marble base Small standing vertical table sculpture constructed of wood with a marble base. The top part of the sculpture swings back and forth if touched and tilts slightly backwards when in position. Artist Statement: Why I construct sculptures is somewhat of a mystery to me. I suspect, in some ways, it is a continuation of childhood play, where invention, improvisation and often a sense of mischief, are a key. The simple abstract shapes that I choose to work with give me the greatest freedom to manipulate and discover new forms without being bound by specific representational imagery. Artist Statement The opposing qualities of form are what engage me most. Balance vs. precariousness, stability vs. movement, and the organic vs. the inorganic. I play with these elements until another dimension appears and until the form is pleasing to me. I'm partial to the double take, the paradox, but only if the work's formal qualities con sustain interest and delight over a long period of time. About the artist: Born in Australia, it was Smith's first career as a dentist that taught him to make carvings and moldings. His sense of humor and that of his wife, Elaine, are at the epicenter of Smith's playful designs and titles. Riffing on simple, abstract shapes gives him the freedom to discover new forms and ideas. "The opposing qualities of form are what engage me most. Balance versus precariousness, stability versus movement, and the organic versus the inorganic. I'm partial to the double take, the paradox, but only if the work's formal qualities can sustain interest and delight over a long period of time". Smith's childlike energy knows no bounds, producing work that is at once amusing and sophisticated. Sure, he's 83 years old, but hold on tight when he drives you around in his golf cart! Touring the grounds of his studio and outdoor sculpture park in the Hudson Valley is no less thrilling than riding around with the Mad Hatter at Disneyland. (Please contact the gallery directly for information on tours). With the help of studio assistant and fabricator, John Brunese, many of Smith's spirited prototypes have been adapted for the outdoors. Some prototypes made of wood, steel, aluminum other material are also available in the 12 foot version. Gallery owner Carrie Haddad met the artist back in the late 90s and she admits, I love Leon and his work just as much today as I did back then. You have to come see for yourself!

Details

  • Dimensions
    H 12 in. x W 6 in. x D 2 in.H 30.48 cm x W 15.24 cm x D 5.08 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU2271047983
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