"Rust Jacket" by Gordon Chandler

2019
$1,680 USD SOLD
Dimensions
W: 24.0" D: 4.0" H: 12.0"
Materials
Steel
Collection #
CGCH011
Estimated Shipping
$88

Upon discovering a weathered steel drum that had been warped to resemble the sleeve of a garment, artist Gordon Chandler was inspired to embark on a series of kimono sculptures formed from found metal scraps. With an eye to the aesthetic possibilities of this humble material, Chandler invests reclaimed steel with sculptural fluidity and a wry sense of form.

In this wall-mounted sculpture titled "Rust Jacket," a salvaged sheet of steel takes on the shape of a short-sleeved jacket or haori. With just a few well-placed cuts and folds, the rusted metal appears as draped fabric, with rigid, starched sleeves and a simple folded collar. Allowed to rust in the elements, the jacket has a fantastic weathered texture, mottled with iron oxidation at the hem. The artist's name and date of creation have been stamped onto a small steel garment label secured to the collar.

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Gordon Chandler

b. 1953, Springfield, MA

Renowned for his work with salvaged metal, American artist Gordon Chandler transforms weathered found materials into refined works of sculpture. Drawing on the innate qualities of his materials for inspiration, he creates effortless forms that seem as though they "just fell together."

Chandler has exhibited his sculpture and functional art across the country, including nearly yearly participation in Chicago’s Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art Exhibition since 1997.  He is well known for his series of steel drum kimonos, buck heads, and reclaimed metal furniture. 

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