CENTRE FINGERS, Coffeetable
by Julio Martinez Barnetche, Mexico, 2014
MATERIAL: Huamuchil wood (Acacia Pringlei), white marble, stainless steel. Direct carving and forgery. Salvaged wood. Unique piece.
SIZE: L 126 x W 80 x H 40 cm // L 49.61 x W 31.5 x H 15.75 in
Sculptural coffee table from the series by the artist called Shi Ho. A beautiful piece of salvaged 'Acacia Pringlei' wood (Huamuchil Wood) that is parted (or connected) by a section of carved white marble, with the middle section of the marble carved like fingers. The whole is carried and held together by a hand-forged structure of stainless-steel. Martinez is a prolific sculptor especially of precious and semi-precious stones, but also wood, working between pure sculpture, furniture and objects. His work has an overwhelming strength and is developed with a masterly approach to the use of materials and techniques. He often takes his materials as he encounters them naturally and does not intervene too much, especially in the case of stones and wood. He never cuts a tree, he finds the wood in nature, in the garden of friends or at architectural salvage sites. The series Shi Ho is a furniture series created in 2014. Shi Ho is a word from the Mazateco language, from the area of Oaxaca, meaning a 'union'. An essential aspect of the Shi Ho collection is its unique approach to combining the soft and hard, natural and man-made materials to create contrasting sensations. Shi Ho relies on a variety of origins, types and methods of handling and combining wood, stone and metal. There is a spiritual side to the entire creative process.