{ "objects" : [ { "embark_ID" : 926, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/926", "Disp_Access_No" : "1988.1", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1984", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1984", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1984", "Disp_Title" : "Dr. Caligari", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle", "Sort_Artist" : "Castle, Wendell", "Disp_Dimen" : "92 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 26 1/2 in. (235 x 80 x 67.3 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "92 1/2 in.", "Disp_Width" : "31 1/2 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "overall", "Medium" : "Curly cherry veneer, ebony and gold-plated brass", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Curly cherry veneer, ebony and gold-plated brass", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Dr. Caligari is among a series of thirteen clocks that Wendell Castle created in the 1980s. He made them at the suggestion of his dealer, who urged him to create a body of work that would challenge the critics’ association of Castle with functional furniture. Castle was particularly interested in the concept of time, and Dr. Caligari is a fanciful exploration of time travel. Its tall case is rich with connections to traditional grandfather clocks. It suggests either a trip to the past in an ancient obelisk, or to the future, in a rocket ship. The title of the work was inspired by the angular set design of the 1920 German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The clock’s painted interior was intended to suggest the silent horror film’s unsettling mood. Castle and his longtime associate Don Sottile developed a smearing technique using India ink over gesso that gave the painted finish its distinctive feathered edges. [Summer 2015]", "Dedication" : "Given in honor of Joan M. Vanden Brul by her family", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Sculpture", "Creation_Place2" : "American", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "", "Images": [ { "ImagePath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/images/88.1_A2.jpg", "ThumbnailPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Thumbnails/88.1_A2.jpg", "PreviewPath" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Media/Previews/88.1_A2.jpg", "IIIF_URL": "http://iiif.gallerysystems.com/88.1_A2.jpg", "IsPrimary" : "1", "_SurrogateID" : "38877", "Image_Type" : "digital image", "Photo_Credit" : "", "Remarks" : "Scanned from transparency, clock silhouetted out from background by Andy Olenick", "View" : "" } , ] },{ "embark_ID" : 2604, "URL" : "https://webkiosk.gallerysystems.com/Objects-1/info/2604", "Disp_Access_No" : "1965.21", "_AccNumSort1" : "", "Disp_Create_DT" : "1963", "_Disp_Start_Dat" : "1963", "_Disp_End_Date" : "1963", "Disp_Title" : "Blanket Chest", "Alt_Title" : "", "Obj_Title" : "", "Series_Title" : "", "Disp_Maker_1" : "Wendell Castle", "Sort_Artist" : "Castle, Wendell", "Disp_Dimen" : "36 1/2 x 32 x 21 in. (92.7 x 81.3 x 53.3 cm)", "Disp_Height" : "36 1/2 in.", "Disp_Width" : "32 in.", "Dimen_Extent" : "", "Medium" : "Cherry", "Support" : "", "Disp_Medium" : "Cherry", "Info_Page_Comm" : "Blanket Chest is now considered among Castle's early masterpieces. Not only is it one of the first major works to use stack lamination, it also stakes its claim equally as sculpture and furniture. The central form is carved from two blocks of laminated cherry, hollowed out to serve as a storage container. (The lid opens to reveal an ample cradle-like cavity.) The piece is also compelling as sculpture, with its distinctive pod shape and its plant-inspired handle, appearing to grow out of its half-domed base. Speaking in 2004 about this piece, Castle explained that the base began as a square, which he modified as the piece evolved. Although bases are easy for visitors to overlook - often requiring a change in position from standing to crouching - they are critical to the support and the overall aesthetics. About the significance of bases, particularly of tables and desk, Castle once explained, "I kind of like the thing underneath the most. I was interested in…getting the base out from under the table and making the whole thing a piece of sculpture." [Gallery label text]", "Dedication" : "The Mr. and Mrs. James Sibley Watson Purchase Award, Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition", "Copyright_Type" : "Under Copyright", "Disp_Obj_Type" : "Furniture", "Creation_Place2" : "American", "Department" : "", "Obj_Name" : "", "Period" : "", "Style" : "", "Edition" : "", "Curator" : "The prize for this artwork was donated by Michael & Nicki Watson. 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At the same time, we can see the wood’s grain and joints and know that it is a hard surface. Wendell Castle is an internationally acclaimed artist who is based in nearby Scottsville, New York. In his more than fifty-year career, he has continued to explore the possibilities inherent in the medium of wood, and to expand the conceptual realities that can be expressed with it. [Summer 2015]", "Dedication" : "Maurice R. and Maxine B. 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