Small Chair, Large Shadow (for Van Gogh)
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A shadow image could be seen as a drawing according to traditional criteria, because it describes a 3D situation in 2D format, as seen from a particular viewpoint, using edges, value and a kind of perspective. 

Unlike a traditional drawing, each object continually creates its own image in real time. The image has no physical substance, is not attached to its support, and can be created or destroyed instantly, without trace. The image is dependent on energy from either the sun or electricity ... and can be controlled by weather (at random) or coin operated meter (intentionally).

Unlike a traditional drawing, the image is a totally accurate representation of reality but it may not be recognizable, and is not an illusion of reality.

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Small Chair, Large Shadow (for Van Gogh)

Small Chair (Large Shadow), 2012.

Created in response to Van Gogh's 1889 painting, "Bedroom at Arles", for an invitational exhibition "Waking Up with Van Gogh", 2012, Hickory Art Museum, NC.

In this work I created a shadow using the first hickory wood/bark chair made over 30 years ago by craftsman/furniture maker Brian Boggs at the start of his career. The chair (which has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum) is simple and humble, yet here creates a large, dramatic shadow with ease - by using a clear, bright light source at an unusual angle. For me, the scenario echoes aspects of Van Gogh's life and legacy.

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