Constructivist inlay Tramp Art wood wall hanging:
Orange, red with white accents
19”w 29.5”ht 1.25”dp
Virtuoso assembly of individually shaped sheets of wood meticulously interlocked across plywood in a cloisonne-like composition. Unkown artist demonstrates here the compositional affinities between American tramp art and Russian Constructivism. Two white rectangles, formally placed asymmetrically above and below and to the right and left of the orange square center suggest a displaced echo of one another- Their staggered placement and shape-itself an echo of the overall vertical rectangular form-counter the otherwise sunflower-like composition composed of angular triangles radiating outward and ultimately sending angled floorboard strips in every direction like the rays of the sun.
Deft deployment of orange accents highlight the center’s outward movement in all directions while the white rectangles continue their call for vertical resolution.
Against the thoughtful assembly of form and color is the soulful texture of found material-the windblown flakes of paint and weathered wood, hewn together with nails, varnish and the construction residue of American farmhouses and fences mended from one generation to the next.
Art, history, and a level of confounding mystery come together in this undocumented artifact of outsider craft and know how.