Sculptural Wooden Hanging Structures
‘Nature’s Secret’ stretchers called for something different than traditional frames. Both in their aesthetic, as well as the way they augment the concept and presentation of the work. Following along my general approach where every part of the work of art is essential to its meaning, it was important to me that what the paintings hang upon are an extension of the story and structure of the work. They should continue to build upon the story and become the next layer of growth. Making them out of wood seemed like the way to go for so many reasons. Since the paintings themselves are organically grown, in each case, it’s structure continues this growth and becomes another layer of the piece. Since everything in nature is unique, each Wooden Hanging Structure is uniquely designed and constructed to be an essential visual and sculptural component of it’s work of art so that everything about the art is part of it’s story. I create an initial design on paper, or create a mock-up, for each Hanging Structure. From there the process gets really interesting.
In addition to their aesthetic, practically speaking, they have a significant function which is to preserve and protect the entire work of art. To ensure an outstanding result from aesthetic to construction, I partnered with Robert Post, Furniture Maker and good friend. Robert takes the time to understand the goals of each and every project, and is an essential partner throughout the process creatively and professionally. With his extensive knowledge, experience and skill working with various wood types and construction techniques, we review his game plan for each project. From there, we’re off to specialty wood suppliers where they have an incredible selection of woods from around the world (no endangered species are ever used – we wouldn’t do that!). At this point we agree on the best wood for the project to facilitate the aesthetic as well as construction and longevity. Once the plan and wood selection are finalized, Robert works in his professional level shop to create the sculptural wooden hanging structures. Since these sculptural elements are so unusual, for each project he leverages his background to use different techniques for achieving the result. Every structure is finished a Waterlox varnished, paste waxed finish, that gives the piece a high quality, fine furniture level finish that showcases the beauty of wood, as well as the overall work of art.