Elegant Forms
April 3, 2009
Entry Details

# 851
Joe Landon
Bloomington, IL
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   7
  Height:   8.5
  Depth:   8.5
Materials:   This hollow form vessel is turned from end grain, fiddle back maple. It is finished with aniline dyes and wipe-on poly.

This hollow form vessel, "Aquifer", was turned from end grain, fiddle back maple. The elegance of the piece is obtained by employing Fibonacci proportions. The orientation of the fiddle back grain, in combination with the layers of aniline dyes, creates great movement in the piece. This piece creates the illusion of water spilling out of the opening and down the form. Your eye then travels back up the elegant form and the journey begins again.

This angle of "Aquifer" highlights the incredible depth created by the layers of aniline dyes. The grain, detail and colors create great movement, allowing the viewer a ride on the rapids. Once you have reached the end of the ride, it is only natural to follow the elegant form back and take another journey.

This angle of "Aquifer" allows the viewer more tranquility. You are able to get close and admire the incredible depth, detail, and subtleties. I believe in form over function. "Aquifer" stands up proud, as if it just inhaled new life. "Aquifer" has a small footprint, somehow defying gravity with perfect balance – like a ballet dancer en pointe. Strong and bold, yet dainty and fragile; "Aquifer" marries complete opposites into an exercise of controlled passion of eloquence.

Judges Comments
CD : Very elegant form, well done! The depth of color enhances the simple flowing line of the vessel. Nice curve at the bottom, giving the piece a light look. I feel that the rim is a bit too dominant, and draws my eye away from the beautiful line of the form. It is difficult to photograph glossy smooth vessels. I am bothered by the reflections in the photograph. This piece probably looks even better in person.
DE : The basic design of this form is quite lovely. However, the line at the top as it enters the rim tents to weaken the rim rather than complement it...it simply needs more definition in a form with such a specific and carefully executed design. I like the color...well done.
TB : Congratulations on entering this competition. Just the process of creating a piece for a themed exhibition helps you push your creativity and your work to the next level. What I like most about this piece is the depth of the movement in the piece - it appears to be flowing.

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