This piece is a forged scroll measuring approximately 10" in diameter. At first the viewer is drawn to the simple elegance of the universally appealing scroll. Why? Here is one reason... The appealing element of this scroll is the use of negative space and its' relationship to positive space. A perfect scroll always has an increasing negative space.(note: this particular forging has a growing negative space towards the center of the scroll and then a diminishing negative space on the outer edges in my attempt to create more of a circle for this sculpture.) Positive space is what we refer to as the solid material. Negative space is the blank space between the solids. The artist can use the positive space to create an interesting negative space that engages the viewer. This is what humans are drawn to. Interesting relationships. Forged iron is an excellent medium for expressions in positive and negative space usage. Steel/wrought iron is a very strong, yet fluid material that creates bold lines(positive) and makes one see the artists' suggestion of design found in the negative space. Once you can see the detail a little closer, one realizes that there is a flower suggestively chiseled into the scroll. This will lead to our next discussion on the gestalt style of design and suggestions for the viewer. Another very interesting design element, to be discussed in the future, is the use of the golden mean. I look forward to your comments and ideas. Cheers, Smyth
Smyth Boone is an eighteenth generation master blacksmith directly descended from the famous pioneer, Daniel Boone.
For over 17 years, Boone has combined his inherited skills with contemporary designs creating unique forgings known throughout the world via magazines, books, and the internet.
Smyth's work has been featured in international art museum shows highlighting contemporary blacksmithing.
Smyth Boone teaches the art of blacksmithing internationally to the public and blacksmith groups.
Currently Smyth is dedicating his talents on this successful product line of forged home accessories.
The hooks and bathroom accessories are featured in the "Gaiam/Real Goods" International holiday catalog in the fall of 2008.
You can buy Boone's Hooks Hand-forged Home Accessories at www.booneshooks.com
http://www.booneshooks.com/boone.html for a more extensive bio and artist statement.
You can also find out more about the Boone Blacksmithing Legacy at http://www.booneshooks.com/blacksmithing.html