Young, black and paraplegic - by contrast, Kley describes herself as ``an old Jewish woman from New York'' - her model sat for a number of Hydrocal
portraits, which lately she's been decorating with bright pastels, giving him red lipstick and a fright wig.
The 100,000-square-foot complex houses woodworking, ceramic production, automated hydrocal
production, and paint and custom- finishing facilities that expand its production capacity in the effort to reduce lead times.
The couch as artifact of the everyday is once again the theme in Couple, 2010, shown at Derek Eller; it sags deeply under the weight of a hulking Hydrocal
plaster duo connected from the necks down, like Siamese twins.
The foremost attraction were Hydrocal
casts of the Carpenter Center mounted on wooden prostheses.
In the past five years, Emess shifted its product line from almost all domestic hydrocal
and iron production to an assortment of imported brass, metal, glass and ceramic lamps, torchieres and desk lamps from the Far East.
On its top, closely spaced around the edge, a gathering of women in white, each maybe three inches high, sit on stools wrapped in braided rope, the ensemble being cast in Hydrocal
Driving the business this market are new finishes that match leading furniture designs; a broader line that includes crystal and brass; a new hurricane lamp program; trend-right designs in hydrocal
and polyresin under the Elite, Mastercraft and J.
Most are smooth white rectangular slabs of Hydrocal
or wallboard that, from a distance, exude a minimalist purity.
In another 100,000-square-foot plant, hydrocal
is poured to make intricate table and floor lamps for both Alsy Lighting and Cresswell Lighting lines.
Full coordinated collections -- incorporating wrought iron and wood, iron and hydrocal
, and other materials -- continue to gain retail placement and perform under both lines, executives said.
Isolated from broader land- or seascape contexts, and supported by wall mounts and stands, her boulder-spotted pools and torrents, cast in polyurethane and, in one instance, Hydrocal
(a high-density plaster) over steel armatures, seem to hover in space as if time had stopped and the rest of the world had fallen away.
Suppliers have substituted resin components for zinc castings, hydrocal
, wood and other materials in their lamp bases, chandelier arms and back plates, for example, to keep costs down.
Alsy will unveil lamps under the Barbie and Coke licenses, a strong hydrocal
program with many new finishes, relief work, and a competitive promotional hydrocal
package for under $20, retail.
Emess Lighting, too, has evolved from a domestic manufacturer of hydrocal
lamps just five years ago to a major importer of lamps in a variety of materials -- as well as a supplier of furniture and now mirrors.
Alsy has expanded its domestic hydrocal
lamp presentation with several models featuring intricate relief details and finishes, and an aggressive promotional program of color-infused "tuff-cal" table lamps, to retail for $19.