|Salesmen Sample Cabinet 2006 Roy McMakin (via James Harris Gallery)|
|Roy McMakin (via James Harris Gallery)|
And then I found his Eight Photographs of an Angel Wing Begonia series (of which I cannot find reproduced anywhere except the book). Here is another version, done much simpler. They are around 30"+ in size and comprised of neatly layered photographs of the Begonias. The single clay pot they're planted in are in one piece, while the plant itself becomes fragmented and twisted.
The closest thing I could find in his (apparently) extensive photography work was the images here. Sometimes they're photographs of his furniture. And sometimes they are photographs of other objects, drawings, etc. It's become so interesting to me to figure out how this artist takes apart his own work. And how maybe by playing with these objects in a cubist sort of fashion, the photographs have since informed his work. Just like the craftsmanship of his furniture making has informed his photography.
|A Green Dresser 2006 Roy McMakin (via James Harris Gallery)|
|Watch Awaken 2008 Les Rogers (via Les Rogers)|
But after a vain search for those images, I realized it was simpler: I was responding to those photographs of the begonias, with a distorted literal and figurative language because it drew attention to how something is made. Like good paintings and how they are about painting. The comparisons then are more like Maureen Gallace or Les Rogers (two new favorites that come to mind). Where-in a figurative subject is only the vehicle for getting you to look at how it is made.
|Cape Cod, Early September 2008 Maureen Gallace (via Whitney)|