Chair Standing on Its Head
43 x 31 x 33 in. (109.2 x 78.7 x 83.8 cm)
(Emporia, KS, 1932 - 2018, Scottsville, NY)
Medium and Support:
Maple and jelutong
Maurice R. and Maxine B. Forman Fund
Location: Currently on view
Wendell Castle’s art delights and surprises us, and this example is no exception. As if made for a topsy-turvy world, the stick-figure chair stands on a tromp-l’oeil (French for “fool the eye”) pillow that seems to be soft and filled with feathers. 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.