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Rita Edelman

Rita Edelman "Graffiti"
"Graffiti"

Hadley, MA

"Graffiti"

Artist's Statement

I was delighted to be invited to “do something with a chair” project.  I love doing things I have never done before.  I was intrigued  with the idea.  I started collecting thoughts…  chopping or replacing legs, nail heads on the seat, holes, hand painted upholstery, etc.  It never dawned on me the chair would have metal legs and a bent wood seat  and back…. and should be able to be sat on.  I had to rethink… The little chair was a beauty.  Very graceful, beautiful lines.  Time was short for me.  I knew I would loose at least a month of working as I would be on vacation…… what to do?….. I felt I had to stay in a format I was familiar with.  The plan I decided to work with was the ‘theme’ I was using in my current paintings.   That at least was a beginning.  I took lots of photos of the chair in many different angles, upside down and looking at the shadows the slit made…. still thinking….  Time to go on vacation.  I packed plenty of paper and pencils.   While away I did 30 sketches  of the the project. One image kept coming up that was the germ of an idea and seemed to work the best…. how to proceed?  I decided to work with a Dremel and carve into this lovely wood. 

It  became an interesting project.  I finished it on time …and then the deadline got changed.  I could do more carving but I felt I had maintained the integrity of the chair and wanted it to remain simple. 

Post script. 

With a new deadline, I got curious about doing a rubbing of the carvings. Having had almost no experience in this art form, I liked the challenge.  After much trial and error and many ‘drawings’ with different tools and different papers I did succeed with something of interest to me.  As a project for the near future I plan to carve 1 or 2 panels and do some ‘drawings/rubbings’ and see where it will take me.

Rita Edelman

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40 local artists and designers creatively paint, decorate, cut, drill, and embellish 40 chairs. The exhibition culminates in a fundraising party and silent auction of the chairs on February 28, 2016. Exhibition runs January 27 – February 28, 2016

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Take A Seat! SILENT AUCTION

Join us as we close this exhibition with a silent auction of these amazing works of art.

Sunday, February 28, 2016
5–7:30 p.m.

University Museum of Contemporary Art
$35/person

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The evening includes sumptuous edible creations by award-winning UMass Catering Services, music by UMass’ finest musicians, and a beer and wine cash bar.

Did you find the chair of your dreams?
Be sure to attend and do some bidding!

Proceeds from this event will support the University Museum of Contemporary Art, an important educational resource for our community