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"Untitled 'Navy Shroud'" 2015 Sewn Rope Sculptural Fiber Object by Doug Johnston

About the Item

"Untitled (Navy Shroud)", 2015 coiled nylon cord, sewing thread, urethane resin "Untitled (Navy Shroud)" was made as part of a group of works exploring objects as shroud spaces. The pieces create a space, the contents unknown, upon which the viewer's understanding becomes one reality, while another reality of the object itself is in continuous withdrawal from the viewers' perception. The exploration was based on contemplations of "Schrödinger's cat" and Object-Oriented Ontology. The work was made by coiling nylon cordage and sewing it together on an industrial zig-zag sewing machine. In the process of coiling, irregularities are introduced that alter the overall form as it is being made. These irregularities are placed and responded to improvisationally, working towards a composition that appears as if a thick cloth is loosely draped over an object of indeterminate form. The interior of the nylon vessel was then coated by hand with a black epoxy resin, which solidified the textile into a rigid shell. The result is a free-standing shroud-like object, which is to be placed into a space as a sculptural object, to conceal other objects, unsightly architectural features, etc. This work was first exhibited in 2015 at Patrick Parrish Gallery as part of my solo exhibition "what it is". It was later shown in 2017-2018 at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, as well as several other group exhibitions. It has also appeared in several design and art publications in print and online. Since 2010 Doug Johnston has produced a wide range of functional and sculptural objects using a process of coiling and stitching rope using industrial sewing machines. He has built a formal vocabulary and studio practice that engages his varied interests in architecture, spatial and landscape formation, commerce, and fundamental human technologies. The work often sits at the intersection of art, design, and craft, taking the position that no made object is exclusively aesthetic or utilitarian. He often collaborates with his partner, Tomoe Matsuoka. They live and work in Brooklyn, NY and Osaka, Japan.
  • Creator:
    Doug Johnston (Artist)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 23 in (58.42 cm)Width: 21 in (53.34 cm)Depth: 24 in (60.96 cm)
  • Style:
    Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Epoxy Resin,Nylon
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  • Production Type:
    New & Custom(One of a Kind)
  • Estimated Production Time:
    Available Now
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. This piece was on display in a design gallery/showroom from 2015-2020, as well as exhibited in a few exhibitions during that period, but it is not previously owned. There are some very minor signs of wear, but otherwise it is in great condition.
  • Seller Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU5694224222622

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