Saturday, June 6, 2009
On the Wire
What I've always loved about Alexander Calder's wire sculptures is that they appear to be a gesture drawing suspended in mid air. Their sense of immediacy and whimsy-- especially the wire circus at the Whitney-- give Calder's work an appeal that few artists can match and that many admirers would love to have in their homes. Now combine that aesthetic with a lighting fixture, and you've got Johnny Sparks' handcrafted wire chandeliers. Imagine one suspended over a sleek modern table, offering a touch of the artist's hand to juxtapose the slickness.