Jonathan Forrest - "Building Blocks of Colour"
Yechel Gagnon - "Midwinter Thaw"
Works from exhibition DON MAYNARD: TERRA FIRMA
DON MAYNARD: TERRA FIRMA
October 17, 2002
- November 23, 2002
Artist Statement I started to work with the idea of curved forms after I began to bend long strips of aluminum across the wall. I laminated the strips with maps. I saw these as multiple horizons arcing against the wall. The tension of the strips, their shadow play and the contextual implications of the maps intrigued me. The basic forms are constructed of plywood then surfaced with lead, aluminum and wax. After the initial forms, I started making pieces as large as twelve feet in length. The curves are a part of an implied sphere; they are segmented, as if sliced from a larger form. Although they maintain their individuality, the similarity of the curves suggests they all originally come from the same large shape. They arch off the wall and have a sculptural volume; they cast shadows and activate the space around them differently than a flat painting does. While maintaining their individuality, the curves make reference to a larger whole of which they are parts. Over the last several years my work has grown less rooted in specific symbols and imagery and has become primarily abstract. Mark-making and the expressive qualities of surfaces remain essential characteristics of my work, but recently the material and sculptural elements of my pieces have become more central to what I'm exploring. I'm excited by the dynamic interaction of form against form. I'm interested in how light plays on form, how shapes are altered by the reflective qualities of the surfaces, and how the subtle nuances of surface, texture and shadow create meaning. During this process, the materials I use have come to function as expressive elements in themselves.