In bright red, the organic shape of this sculpture by Shayne Dark makes a bold statement. Dark collected the burls from apple orchards in Prince Edward County, stripped the bark and allowed them to dry for several years. While repairing the cracks in the dried burls, Dark was reminded of the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery--Kintsugi. This philosophy views breakage and repair as part of the history of an object.
This is one of a series of painted burls with roots in an ultra-matte finish available individually or as a group of 4 in red, electric blue, black and yellow for $32000.
“There’s no specific message in my art practice. I want to reference or jog a memory of the natural world using natural materials. “ Shayne Dark
Inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2018, Dark has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. In 2017, Dark had a solo exhibition and an artist residency at New York’s Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The same year, he had a solo exhibition at the Albright Knox, NY. Dark has received six Ontario Arts Council grants and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant. His work may be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections worldwide.