Fine Wood Sculpture
The Queen Emma Gallery featured Mark Chai
fine wood sculpture in a critically acclaimed
Honolulu Weekly says of "New Growth," "Chai
balances a massive section of more
roughly carved wood, it's outer bark
intact, on delicate legs. Above a hollow
that contains several stones floats
a curved panel, almost like a magic
carpet, which supports a budlike form
beginning to open."
inherent sense of humor is perhaps
most evident in 'Whirled Peace,' a
small work of mixed woods in which
his signature floating panel supports
a torch from which an elegant spiral
extends horizontally. Look carefully
around the base of the flame and you'll
understand the title."
maple, ash, guava, lychee
20" x 17" x 17" high
work as a designer of furniture comes
through in a table form in which a
panel of wood rests on improbably tall
and delicate legs of stainless steel.
On the table top, like a miniature
ocean-scape, a found stone rests at
one end like an island rising from
the sea, while at the other, a small
heart rests in a hollow as if floating
on gentle currents."
Heart is Free, and I am Following
Mark Chai says, "This
sculpture evokes the feeling of a wounded
heart healing itself." A carved wooden
shield with his signature wave partially
conceals a fissure across the body of
the work. Above, a soft light emanates
from the core of the piece through a
carved opening. When mounted on the wall,
light radiates from the back, creating
a dramatic silhouette.
Answers are Within"
found woods, light fixture
46" x 14" x 9"
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