DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Donald FORTESCUE | Lean

Australia 1957
To United States of America 1997
Lean 2004
183.0 (h) x 183.0 (w) x 30.0 (d) cm

Donald Fortescue’s sensitive approach to his material exploits the natural qualities of rosewood: its lively textural character, satin-smooth surface and luminous colour. Leanengages viewers on each of these levels. Fortescue is fascinated with the historic craft of coopering and the precision required in the bending and shaping of hardwood to form sensuous planes and curves. Leanis hollow and rests against the wall, balanced on two small points where a segment appears to have been removed from the curved form. The space of this missing wedge interrupts the rhythm of its curved surfaces, as if delineated with calipers. In earlier works, Fortescue explored the sculptural qualities of furniture that, as he says, defy the ‘unwritten “law of rectilinearity” – perfect square and straight joints’, which accompanies conventional furniture. Lean is a development of these explorations, its form hinting at a wheel, linking the work back to some unknown functional purpose. MH

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