Allan Hirsh

Allan Hirsh: Luck

Luck, 2012
found object sculpture
16.75″ x 18.25″ x 7.25″
Sale Price: $160.00

My artistic process begins with a wide search for found objects, discarded pieces of wood or used interesting pieces of hardware. Yard sales, flea markets and cluttered antique stores are investigated with a particular eye. The patina, shape, rarity and perceived elegance of an object are all taken into account. The joy of the hunt and the excitement in the find becomes part of the ongoing historical narrative of each piece.

Each artifact will rest for a while in a cluttered, but organized workshop until its new calling becomes apparent. A central idea will generate a process of assembly in which objects are added or taken away with the goal of intuitively improving what the eye sees.

I like to produce sculptures that can be moved in some way. Levers and switches help to enhance a feeling of control. Do we make our own luck or does luck happen to us? Is there control or only the illusion of control? Where does attachment come in? I like moving the lever and using the Shift Key. My imagination engages and projects as the lever moves to and fro. Reality can bend if this piece is used mindfully. Shift from darkness to light?

I like the playfulness of this piece.

2012.06 Luck