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The Found and the Made

By Alan Siegel

Alan Siegel, widely known for his sculptural chairs, is exhibiting his new work at the Nudo Gallery, Recreo 36, from March 17 until April 10. This work marks a departure in his long career.

The Found and the Made
Work of Alan Siegel
Mar 17–Apr 10
Nudo Gallery
Recreo 10 B, Centro

Here are some of his thoughts on the subject of The Found and the Made:

“It has been said that the role of the artist is to point out what is beautiful in the world.  Found art is seeing something extraordinary in the ordinary. Many pieces in the show required very little actual work on my part. They are the result of lucky finds made while searching through piles of discarded parts of trees. Other pieces are the result of many hours of making.

A piece I call Dance is the result of two found pieces that met in my studio and hit it off.

Perhaps, we relate to the trees that seem to have struggled to achieve their shape as analogous to our bodies reflecting the experience of our lives. Older, hard-worked bodies seem to tell more interesting stories to me than younger ones.

It is my hope that the work will surprise you, both the found and the made, and communicate a kind of beauty mixed with darker emotions.”


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