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Bench

bench final blogToday I completed the finish work on the bench.  After cladding the form with the reclaimed oak flooring, I used oil paint to fine-tune the color.  It is topcoated with shellac and finished with paste wax.  The curved top makes for a very comfortable seat.  As you can see from this angle, the boards “fold” across the top and down each side.  All edge joints are mitered.  Where the top folds over each end they are compound miters, which allow for the curve.  The only tricky joints are the upper corners at the front and back, where the top overlays the facing.  I cut these by hand, and have included a detail below.

corner detail blog This piece is important to me as an opportunity to find a creative application for the more literal “floor” work that I have been doing in my home.  I was also looking for an opportunity to add value to what were otherwise reclaimed, left-over, or scrap materials in my shop.   It is an elaboration on the theme of landscape being something that rises up from beneath our feet, the point being the immersive experience rather than the distant view.  I hope to install a related work in my next show, coming up at Fontbonne University in March.  In the mean time,  I am slugging away at a number of related paintings.  I may post a sneak preview of the works in progress, so stay tuned.

space and surface works

textured wall with skim coat and mesh tape

textured wall with skim coat and mesh tape

before and after, main wall

before and after, main wall

wall and window

wall and window

Last week I repaired and repainted the walls in our first floor sitting room.  The main wall is lit with a raking southern light and this caused the sandy, grooved texture to leap out insistently.  I ended up building a scraping tool to knock off the peaks, then skim coated and sanded the walls towards a relative smoothness.  We chose a color of green that had a bit of life to it.  It quiets down in the natural light, but maintains some intensity in artificial or reflected light.  The photos above show both scenarios.

I suspect that most people think of walls as surfaces, but I like to treat them as spaces.   Walls, like paintings, are best understood by their edges.  The center is a more mysterious space with a disorienting habit of falling away– especially when color gets involved.   I love that center, where a wall can act like a window.