RON ARAD: The Big Easy, the Volume Series are all about illusion. It's an illusion of volume. You create an illusion of a solid volume by manipulating the envelope.
These pieces are the first welded pieces that I've ever made. I was rather primitive at metalwork. The rationale there was, I wanted to do pieces of furniture that are as primitive or as primal or as direct as the sketches. No slick production. And it was done in the workshop without having drawings or blueprints or computer models or anything. Just drawing directly on the steel–sometimes with a spray can, sometimes with a marker. Cutting it and welding it, putting it together. Metal is a very forgiving material. You can hammer it to make it more comfortable. The whole system was forgiving itself. You know it couldn't be criticized for anything because it said to you, "Look, I am crude. That's who I am."
Now the trouble is that with experience the welding got better, the technique got better. And if the first ones were about crudeness, the late ones were about being refined. Not only the technique of welding got better, but the shape got better, and better, and better.
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