FirstArt

Core III

This sculpture titled Core III is made of plumb branch-wood. Jeff's "cores" are cross sections of branch wood that have been allowed to dry out before being worked. As the wood dries, fissures and cracks appear in the material and radiate outward from the center point. Cross sections of trees still fascinate modern people, so they likely fascinated First Artists as well. Although the people of the Upper Paleolithic did not possess the tools necessary to produce cleaists as well. Although the people of the Upper Paleolithic did not possess the tools necessary to produce cleanly-defined core material, they undoubtedly noticed the rings revealed by cutting into trees and wondered what they signified. What was inside trees? Were the rings evidence of natural growth or were they placed there by some kind of arboreal spirit? Jeff's "cores" demonstrate his process perhaps better than any other genre of his work. These objects, so familiar to anyone who has visited a natural history museum, insist on being what they are-fractured pieces of cross sections of branch wood-while at the same time gesturing toward a primeval art aesthetics. read more