As any handyman knows, it's hard to get through a hardware store without buying an attractive tool--even if you don't know what it's for. Colin Gray's tool sculptures combine the love and intimacy of fine craftsmanship with a dose of good-natured lunacy. Wandering through a gallery-full of his recent work is akin to browsing a hardware store with an imaginative magician at your side.
"Zap!" and an assortment of rakes and trowels, axes and saws contort themselves into fantastic compositions, bending and snaking, gleaming with fine wooden handles and brightly painted metal heads. But this is more than just play.