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Untitled #176

1988 John McQueen Born: Oakland, Illinois 1943 ash wood and bark 12 x 20 x 16 1/2 in. (30.5 x 50.8 x 41.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Diane and Sandy Besser, Santa Fe, New Mexico 1997.95.1 Not currently on view


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“There’s no designing, just selection. It’s nature. The tree really made the piece.” John McQueen

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In Untitled #176, art and nature contend for the viewer’s attention. John McQueen fashioned this work out of lengths of ash, stripping and plaiting the bark around the wood. The artist often creates pieces that suggest the malevolent power of nature, and this work simultaneously evokes strangler vines, a great slug, or a snake and its lifeless prey. But McQueen has left enough of the materials in their original state to disrupt these illusions, so that there is not just one meaning to be taken from the piece.

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decorative arts

Crafts - Wood

wood - ash

About John McQueen

Born: Oakland, Illinois 1943

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