Joe Fafard R.C.A.
Down By The Old Mill Stream, 1990
Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton;
Joe Fafard’s bronze furniture pieces combined elements of functional furniture with pure sculpture, bringing the gap between form and function. Here, in Down By The Old Mill Stream, he has left little room for function. The table top, instead of a surface upon which to place one’s car keys, becomes a pool of water in which two dapple-grey horses quench their thirst. Water drips from the convex bottom of the table, furthering the idea. Fafard really gilds the lily by using gumboots, the de rigueur footwear of the farm, not only as the feet of the table, but to form the braces between the legs.