Seeking unity with extreme contrast and balance

I enjoy playing with extremes of form and function. This piece challenges the extremes of balance, contrast, and unity, both in its function and symbolic representation. With too much contrast, it is difficult to achieve balance and unity.
The table top perches precariously and pushes the limits of balance, yet it is balanced, stable, and solid. The balance of black and white is not equal in physical surface, but its underlying mass seems to have begun with equal amounts prior to its stretching.
Black and white is in stark contrast to each other. There are no shades of gray. This contrast can be viewed as the ultimate in difference and opposition.
However, "fingers" clasp in the middle of the piece. They are the unifying element that secures the steady balance of the table's weight. They symbolically demonstrate the unity that is so vital in the midst of division.
There can be no balance of contrast without such unity.

Shawn Turley

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