written by Mariana Valença
Neal Aronowitz is a Portland based artist creating incedibly fluid and original modern furniture pieces that explore the unique structural properties and visual aesthetic of Concrete Canvas. Concrete Canvas is a totally new and revolutionary material offering endeless possibilities. This material can be essentialy describd as “concrete cloth on a roll”.
Neal´s minimalistic pieces draw inspiration from the creative discipline of Japanese ink painting, which is hand-drawn in a singular, swift brushstroke, pushing aside the stereotypes associated with concrete on being a rigid and dense material, making it fluid,light and lyrical. The ‘Enso Table’ is a physical depiction of this discipline. “The Enso Table was conceived in a single fluid spontaneous gesture of ink on paper and then translated to this form made of concrete canvas and polished aluminum,” Neal’s studio explains. “The lightness and strength of concrete canvas makes it an ideal material to express the qualities embodied in the practice of enso.”
The Concrete Canvas collection consists of four tables, entitled the ‘Whorl Table,’ ‘Whorl Console’, ‘Todos Table’ and the ‘Enso Table’. All of them are completely original pieces never manufactured before, formed and cast using original techniques developed by the artist.
Producing such smooth contoured structures was not easy to achieve, the studio explains; “The challenge in the design and construction of this table was to stretch the tensile strength of the material to its limits for aesthetic beauty and interest, seemingly defying gravity.”
With such mystical appearance, the Concrete Canvas Collection would surely elevate any home to a superior aesthetic concept.
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