photo: KIOKU Keizo

Vessel ”CE”

ArtistRon KENT
Material/ Techniquenorfork pine, copper braid
Size/ DurationH24×φ37cm
Copyright Notice© Ron KENT
Year of acquisition/ donation2010
DescriptionBorn 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.