“BURRILL” 2x4” wood beam resting on two 2x4” cut into squares and placed at either end of the beam; signed on top “Richard Nonas Jan 1974.”
“Nonas’s feel for materials and sense of proportion are the essential qualities of a sculptor in Herbert’s [Vogel] judgment. ‘He can lay down a simple steel bar and when you look at it—looks right’: the ultimate test of a work of art. ‘My work,’ Nonas says, ‘is about placing objects in space, to make a room feel different than it did before…. Actually, to make objects feel like places, I like the massiveness of the steel bars, the sense of weight as they rest on the ground. And I want to point out the possibilities of slightly different perceptions and feelings about space, or ways that spatial perceptions affect our feelings.’” (cited in Bret Waller, Works from the Collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel exh. cat., University of Michigan Museum of Art)
Pen drawing on paper printed with a blue rectangle frame; signed on verso.
This pen drawing, which was possibly a study for the sculpture Walk-on (1968), depicts 4x4’s in various configurations on muddy ground. Some of the planks are attached to each other at one end, or at the middle, forming an “X”.
Turned-wood sculpture composed of a cluster of small jar-like vessels with stones embedded througout
small hollow vessels with stones, joined into one whole
After taking a course in woodturning, Alain Mailland established his own woodworking shop devoted to cabinetry, stairs, and verandas. In the early 1990s, he turned his focus solely to wood art, specializing in greenwood hollowing because “it’s a live material…and it later changes shape in an interesting way.” He quickly gained a reputation for his unique work and for turning some of the most difficult pieces created.
Complex and intricately carved, The Stone Eater is exemplary in its technical achievement. Each small vessel was individually turned, and yet the piece as a whole is still a single block of wood. It shows just how far Mailland is prepared to push the limits of technical skill.
The overall effect is one of a barnacle-like sea organism.