Black Lotus

  • Ron Fleming, Black Lotus, 1996, ebony, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003), 2003.60.16

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Ron Fleming turns and hollows his shapes and then draws directly onto the wood, using the color and movement of the grain to guide his design. Balance is important, and Fleming walks around his sculptures several times, making small changes to ensure the composition works from every angle. His detailed pieces balance the fragility of petals and leaves with the strength and durability of wood.

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"When I did illustrations of flowers, I started to see vessel forms within them, and I realized that the turnings could provide a great canvas for turning these forms." Ron Fleming, Fine Woodworking, 1993
Title
Black Lotus
Artist
Date
1996
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
3 3/4 x 5 5/8 x 5 7/8 in. diam. (9.6 x 14.4 x 14.8 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003)

Mediums
Mediums Description
ebony
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – flower – lotus
Object Number
2003.60.16
Palette
Linked Open Data
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