"Blue Kimono" by Gordon Chandler

W: 35.0" D: 4.0" H: 61.0"
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An old steel drum exposed to the elements and bent in such a way as to suggest a sleeve inspired Gordon Chandler to create a series of kimono sculptures. Flattened with the center portion rolled out, this discarded barrel takes on the look of a traditional kimono. The dented metal painted a brilliant blue appears as finely draped silk, peeled back like a collar to reveal a cream-colored “lining” and its ribbed edges appearing as tightly pleated sleeves. With an eye to the aesthetic possibilities of this humble material, Chandler invests the steel with sculptural fluidity and a wry sense of form.

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