Ceci n'est pas une pipe

There is much going on these days regarding work that can trick the eye aka trompe l'oeil. I have a fascination with these works whether it is Magritte's Treachery of Images or Picasso's Still Life with Chair Caning as seen below. What excites me is the trickery, the idea that what we see isn't really what we think we see. How delightful! 

Magritte's Treachery of Images

Picasso's Still Life with Chair Caning

García has introduced me to an incredible artist who, like my professor Kelly Goff has a keen fascination and skill for making objects that are familiar but whose materiality is the unknown, at least at first glimpse. Take Goff's Guardrail below, which is made entirely of paper.

Entering the arena is magnificent talent, Morgan Maclean, a splendid woodworker with a keen imagination. Rather than painting his illusions he finds objects that are understood, found objects that have been discarded and then he re-imagines them in stirringly real mediums, such as wood. He has created sculptural still lifes. If I could plunk down money right now, I would pluck up a work in a New York minute.

Maclean, Bottle

Though this object is no painted illusion it does embody a new kind of trickery, one that I find clever and compelling. And even sexy. Maclean makes these mundane objects slick and jazzed up. Check his works here...

or check his newest write-up in the LA Times here...

Maclean, Figure Heads