This is a small part of an artwork called Ponder by artist Colin O Connor which was on display in Castletown House, County Kildare. It was created in 2012 and was part of the Contemporary Castletown exhibition which ran until June 30th.
The phenomenon of ordering home wares and furnishing from catalogues may seem like a fairly recent phenomenon, but in fact Thomas Chippendale (of the cabinet fame, not the stripping) made his mark in the world when he first published a catalog called The Gentleman and Cabinet Makers Directory in 1754. Many items found in Castletown house would also have been selected by Lady Louisa of Castletown from catalogues and shipped over to Ireland to remain in place for hundreds of years.
With this in mind, it seems appropriate that the art piece here contains many colorful concentric patterns, and these have been created by using deceptively rolled up Argos catalogues!
(Argos is a large UK and Ireland based catalogue shopping company)
Pictured here is only as small part of the overall piece which is in full view a modern take on a Kissing chair, a popular design of furniture from the 19th century. It is made from light colored wood and has three areas like the one pictured.
Thanks for looking!
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Schnappilic (9692) 2013-07-06 9:50
I like your idea with this beautiful texture. Good idea! Splendid colors! Nice work!
Indrasish (2943) 2013-07-06 9:53
great shot here.. Very creative.. A nice composition with superb image quality.. Very colorful and eye catchy..
Very well done and have a nice day..
Wish you all the best..
pajaran (65154) 2013-07-06 10:14
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano umetnicko delo.
Umetnost nema granice.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text ...
Good picture, contrast, beautiful colors.
Good work, beautiful art shown.
Art knows no boundaries.
Good evening and all the best for the weekend.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-07-06 12:37
Nice shot with great patterns.Very nice colors, light and composition. TFS.
macjake (71839) 2013-07-06 14:39
now this is pretty darn cool!
One of my favorite types of photos are the repetitive patterns, just like what we see here.
lots of oranges, reds, and purples...sweet!
I'm off to Las Vegas Sunday morning for 4 days
jcpix (13930) 2013-07-06 16:08
O.K., is this actually one of those photos that when you stare at it long enough you can actually see the "hidden" image? :) I'm a sucker for patterns, shapes, and color...and well, this pretty much wraps it all up...I love it! I think what I enjoy the most is the unevenness of the entire image, even with the relative uniformity, it's a little out of whack, just like myself!?
Each little square is its own little design, kind of like a child's fingerpaint drawing, and then put together for one large scale piece of artwork. I say kids, but it could very well be adults just the same. Actually, and this could just be my oddball side of thinking, but perhaps it's the continual works of someone like Charles Manson who sits in a prison cell all day and makes swirl patterns on canvas to soothe the voices in his head? Next up, hair dolls!
Regardless of my off the wall comments, I really do like this image...a big 'wow' factor from me on this one, great job! Hope you're enjoying the weekend.
Best wishes from the oven,
Kugart (1778) 2013-07-06 16:52
Not your usual type of subject but very interesting nonetheless . On first looking at this photograph it reminded me of the psychedelic paintings of the sixties with all the colourful swirls. The artist has been very creative here not only has he created a wonderful work of art but also shown an imaginative way to recycle old Argos catalogues. Lol. Nice thought provoking capture.
All the best
divail (8334) 2013-07-06 18:56
C'est une photo présentant un très beau graphisme coloré. C'est presque hallucinant, on cherche la pièce dont les couleurs sont les plus vives et belles, et elles sont toutes belles. J'aime beaucoup ce genre de photo.
siudzi (34141) 2013-07-07 0:59
The play of colors of this scene is superb and created a very unique image. Like it! Simple but also very eye-catching one. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday!
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-07-07 3:54
The visual effect you achieved here Noel is really amazing!It´s simple and minimalistic scene,but so evocative in its perception.
It´s like all about colors and patterns(and these are here just fabulous)
I love it!
Have a nice sunday
snunney (105679) 2013-07-07 4:55
Who in their right mind would think you could make a work of art out of Argos catalogues, but there is no doubt it works! Great capture of this colourful and unusual artistry. Superb sharpness.
carlo62 (54258) 2013-07-07 10:26
un'opera d'arte da ammirare con calma e tranquillità.
Più la si osserva e più si trovano spunti di riflessione.
Ogni cella ha un suo cuore, ognuno diverso dall'altro, am tutti insieme compongono una cella più grande ed omogenea.
Una parafrasi dell'uomo, ognuno con la sua anima e con la sua cultura, ma contemporaneamente tutti uguali nel loro insieme.
Si, mi piace l'opera e mi piace lo scatto.
delpeoples (59684) 2013-07-07 22:05
Well this is different! What would have gone through this bloke's head to think to make an art installation out of rolled up magazines? Yet it's really attractive. You've done well with the bright colours and tight framing. There is a lovely - if kooky - texture to this photo and had you not explained what you were photographing, I would've been scratching my head for ages. Nice work, something very unusual for your Gallery.
ourania (50679) 2013-07-08 9:43
a brilliant composition presented with excellent sharpness and colouring. The frame is a big box that contains all these compressed smaller boxes and colourful round patterns, a mesmerising effect. The variety and interaction of colours is marvellous and, in my eyes, there are many different effects of movement created by the style of the artwork and your composition. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Miguel82 (27744) 2013-07-08 11:43
A superb patchwork you present Dear Noel,
I like your framing and the colors
cornejo (46172) 2013-07-12 10:31
Hi Noel, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting work of art, beautifully captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
willperrett (11760) 2013-07-14 2:44
I love this: the warm colours and the graphic abstraction. I think it may have inspired me to upload a couple of images I made a couple of years ago in Bruges...
mirosu (16273) 2013-07-15 5:04
This is an excellent colourful image, well done Noel. The patterns are superb and the color palette excellent.
worldcitizen (9320) 2013-09-03 12:42
This is something a bit different from you, and it is definitely mesmerizing! The colors are so vibrant, and having the frame filled completely with these small boxes is visually great. When I first opened the photo, I thought these were some sort of rolled up textiles, such as fabrics for making drapes. Then I read your note. What a great idea to make art out of rolled up catalogs! Maybe we should request that people all over the world save all the junk catalogs they receive. Then when could roll them all up and make the world's largest piece of art from it! :-) It's a reminder that common items can transform into art with a bit of imagination.
kim_gwan (422) 2013-11-09 3:19
Gd Day Noel,
Excellent composition of this colorful art piece
On first look, it seems like rolls of carpet in each box are stacked together to form this eye-catching arts.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-13 10:31
Noel, I was never a fan of ordering through a catalog but your note is very intriguing and your picture is very bright, colorful and artistic that made me me instantly curious and interested.
This is the beauty of sharing photographic moments from our world, to learn, to expand and to adopt things that we never thought that we would!!
COSTANTINO (69026) 2014-06-02 5:19
great inspiration with colorful designs
and shapes I liked a very much this
composition with superb image quality
have a nice time
mayjayne (6830) 2016-08-14 3:08
Good crop, and creative way of presenting this artwork. I checked out O Connor's website, and did manage to get some creative ideas from there too !