Five Artists Reflect On Their Waning Powers (W49)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Five Artists Reflect On Their Waning Powers

Made in

Stithians

Date

1983

Description

Five carved wooden male figures sit at a narrow bench each wearing a pale linen jacket, shirt, bow tie and pocket square. From left to right the figures are depicted stirring coffee, smoking a cigarette, looking at their nails, scratching their head, and erasing their work. The mechanisms are exposed beneath the bench.

Materials and techniques

Figures made from limewood with bamboo pivots. Painted with acrylic paint. Outer case of Baltic pine; machine chassis of beech. Gear wheels and cams of plywood with steel pins. Small turned objects from pearwood, tiny bits of boxwood and ebony. Lime shavings used for pieces of paper. The steel shafts run in brass bearings. Perspex cover.

Dimensions

height:  65cm
length:  48cm
width:  24cm

Object number

W49

Category

On view

Short term loan as part of Crafts Council Touring Exhibition A Curious Turn: moving, mechanical sculpture, at: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 18/02/2017 - 21/05/2017; Gallery Oldham, 08/07/2017 - 02/09/2017; Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 15/09/2017 - 19/11/2017; Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, 01/12/2017 - 01/03/2018; Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon, 10/03/2018 - 20/05/2018; Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, 26/05/2018 - 19/08/2018
  • Five Artists Reflect On Their Waning Powers, Paul Spooner, 1983, Crafts Council Collection: W49. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

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