photo: KIOKU Keizo
|Material/ Technique||norfork pine, copper braid|
|Copyright Notice||© Ron KENT|
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2010|
|Description||Born in Chicago, USA in 1931. Lives and works in Hawaii.|
Ron Kent’s practice in wood began with furniture and carving. Over time, employing self-taught woodturning techniques and the Norfolk Island pine planted around Hawaii, he established a style dominated by vessels in simple forms boldly highlighting the grain of the wood. His works are characterized by upright shapes in which he exercises complete control over the amount of light taken into the vessel, despite the vessel wall appearing to be of uniform thickness; and glossy, mystical surfaces, product of a finishing process of his own devising. More recently Kent has also been experimenting with sculptures in plywood.
"Vessel 'CE'" belongs to the “Post-Nuclear” series Kent has been developing in recent years. Cuts left in the walls of a thinly planed Norfolk pine vessel are stitched together using copper wire. The artist says the series was inspired by a film depicting the world after a nuclear war, and that it contains a message about what means of expression might remain to human society after all has been destroyed. The multiple cracks running through an extremely primitive form, and the copper wire crisscrossing it as if stitching wounds, may also be seen as a metaphor for cracks / ruptures in society, the environment and the body, and the things that repair them.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
Works and materials by the same artists are listed according to the date of the work in principle.
Works whose dates are unidentified are listed at the end of each item. Some works are not listed according to the date of work due to their relations.
The data of works and materials are listed in order of title, production year, material/technique/form, dimensions, donor’s name, copyright holder and credit for photograph.
Dimensions are given by height (H) x width (W) in centimeters for plane work, and height (H) x width (W) x depth (D) in cm for 3-D work. Diameter (Ø) is used for circular work.
For the name of country or city, the name currently used in English is listed in principle.