Objects by Ray Duffey 

Dean Johnson Gallery

Four Stars

The five wooden buoy-like objects that hold sway three meters over the floor of the Dean Johnson Gallery also resemble dirigibles somewhat but they don't just float in the air. Five cherry wood stands prop them up, as if these objects were boats in dry dock. If the slightest breeze pushes these objects they sway back and forth with their stands (hence the name of the work: Sway) Of course, these objects are divorced from any purpose save the artistic but that is the precisely what Ray Duffey had in mind. Currently in the Master's Program in Furniture Design at Herron, Duffey spent time in Maine as part of a residency program and the strong, craft-oriented boating and fishing culture there seems to have influenced his art. While excellent examples of Duffey's functional art—i.e. his furniture—are also on display here, they may not hold sway over your imagination like this bold, imaginative work. Through May 31;317-634-8020, www.deanjohnson.com.

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