Dragon's Back Lamp
Forged and fabricated steel, with a painted finish, glass shade
6' 6"h x 2' 8"diam
Edition of 20 with hand blown glass shades by Andy Magdanz.
Items from this decorative arts series are currently available through galleries representing the work of Albert Paley.
“Coaxing pieces of steel with old and new tools and techniques, Albert Paley has simply endeavored to release its material nature. He coils, compresses, attenuates, bands, punches, and impresses the pieces, and their surfaces and shapes record the process of their composition and decomposition. A forged taper that coils its way through other coiling tapers in a plant stand, for example, thins at its attenuated end into mesmerizing loops that grasp other loops, each a visual diary of its path of fabrication through power lathes and pneumatic hammers. Paley is not making metal conform to a preestablished image, bending it to his will, but asking — as fellow Philadelphian Louis Kahn once did of brick — what does a piece of metal want to be?” Edward Lucie-Smith