A few weeks ago I posted the first 2 of 5 new pieces I completed for a new show at The Sebastopol Gallery which is where I show my work on an ongoing basis as a Member Artist. You can see the first two here and here.
My inspiration for these 5 pieces came from Dayna Collins' series of works she called "Curious Elements". If you missed it, do go over to her blog "Art Alley Studio", where you can see all 120 of her creations or just click here you can see a good sampling.
Here are pieces 3, 4 and 5: titled (in order of appearance above)
"Summer Moon" - The Moon, as Shakespeare suggests in Romeo and Juliet, is fickle. Its orbit moves it swiftly across a wide tract of the night skies, changing its appearance continually in both bold and subtle ways.
A half-moon section of a vintage bar stool, supports a vintage door plate, with an amber half marble.
"Summer Solstice" ● - The first day of summer—the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, the Sun reaches its most northern point in the sky at local noon. After this date, the days start getting shorter.
A vintage water faucet handle, and clock gears make up this whimsical piece of things that are round.
"Cloverdale Roller Canaries"- What Is a Roller? It is a breed of canaries bred solely for their distinctive voice. It is soft with long, intricate rolls or tours. Color is variable. They are also great mimickers.
Wooden door from the back of a vintage mantle clock, collaged with ads for Roller Canaries.
After hanging the new show at the Sebastopol Gallery, I stood back and looked at all 5 pieces on the wall. I thought about each of the items I used to make these pieces, the patina, the rust, the nicks and bumps. Although the parts are seemingly unrelated, all probably originated around the same time (40's-50's). Each of the disparate items used in making this series appear to have lived a full and productive life when they were new. Eventually, and over time, their original usefulness ended and they were cast aside. On the wall, it seemed to me that they had found each other again after many years of being apart. Now all have found new and beautiful careers as pieces of art.
All 5 pieces came together easily, gracefully and decisively. All are ready to hang.