This sculpture is fascinating to me for a number of reasons. It's shapes do not conform to my understanding of what woodcarving is, and the fact that it is allowed to retain it's general woodiness, it's not overly colored or given an extreme staining, makes it something different for me. It's as if it was produced to confuse me, to think that this was some sort of artifact from the 19th century, a sort of piece that had some use in a mill or a livery, but whose details were lost in the transition to the exhibit. It's not what I think of when I think of Abstract Expressionism, and I don't tend to envision sculpture in that realm anyways (David Smith not withstanding) but the forms just make me think that this must have had some use and if I just think on it for a while I will find it, be able to decode it.
But it never comes, and maybe that's the most abstract expressionist experience of all: the piece you think is useful that is not.
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.