Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Functional Art In The Form of Odd-Looking Furniture

An interesting recycling project imagined by artist Donald Fodness.This furniture combines handcrafted wood working and metal fabricating techniques with ready-made found objects.These pieces problem solve a desire to salvage and re-purpose common or discarded materials; this is both a conceptual exercise in un-labeling as well as a behavioral ethic.

For instance, the sideboard uses a motorcycle frame found on the roadside. The frame has a unique distortion from a collision making it impossible to reproduce. I responded to the negative spaces of the frame and constructed the plywood boxes to fit these spaces. I devised special jigs to key spline each angled joint with wenge wood. I also fabricated unique brackets to mount the caster wheels. As an artist and furniture maker I value something to work against, or riff off, rather than dealing with a blank slate. This parallels the remixing of information prevalent with online culture”
Coffee table from a Row of Stadium Seating.
Coffee Table Constructed From Two Institutional Chairs.

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