Duane Paluska makes objects that play with the notion of becoming pieces of functional furniture, then decide against it and become meta-furniture instead. Tabletops tilt and chairs eschew seats. In his most recent series, he builds wooden frames that are beautiful in themselves; they contain nothing but space.
Paluska has shown extensively throughout New England, and his work is in the collections of the Portland Museum of Art, the Bowdoin College Museum, Merrimack College, and the DeCordova Museum. Since he founded it in 1989, Paluska has been the director of the distinguished gallery ICON Contemporary Art in Brunswick. CMCA has regularly exhibited his work, most recently in 2009.