Artist/ Designer: Tom Loeser
b. 1956, Boston
Title: Regressive Progression 1996 (Set of five individual drawers)
Medium: Mahogany, Milk Paint
Dimensions: Approximate dimensions installed vertically 64"h x 6.5" x 11.5". Drawer #1 (Large drawer, small knob) 6.5" x 9" x 8.75", Drawer #2- 6.5" x 9" x 9.25", Drawer #3- 6.5" x 9" x 10", Drawer #4- 6.5" x 9" x 10.75", Drawer #5 (Small drawer, large knob) 6.5" x 9" x 11.5 d.
Details: Each drawer features hand cut dovetailed sides and clever hand made stops. There is a cleat for hanging on the back of each box. Hand signed "Tom Loeser '96" on the back. Pristine condition.
Notes from the Archive: In 1989, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston originated the exhibition, "New American Furniture: The Second Generation of Studio Furnituremakers" highlighting the work of twenty artists' work including Tom Loeser. His Chest of Drawers, inspired by a Chest-on-Chest from the museum's historical collection, was the most modern interpretation and clearly solidified his stature in the field. His work is characterized by the use of simple, meticulously crafted forms that emphasize carving, color and pattern. Early influences came from the Italian Memphis design collection, postmodern design and his predecessors in craft. This work was originally shown in Loeser's third solo exhibition at the Peter Joseph Gallery in New York City 1996, titled "This Ain't No Floor Show". The exhibition featured wall mounted rectangular boxes designed to be shown on a single wall in multiples. This piece was installed alongside a sister set in a pink and light green color combination, but the sets were offered separately. Loeser deftly deconstructs the chest of drawers, then bestows it with delicate whimsy, resulting in a masterful and utterly captivating composition. One of our favorites.
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