|Wood Turning Center April-June 2008
Executive Director, Albert LeCoff, shares plans for upcoming exhibits created in collaboration with organizations in other fields of art - including our current exhibit, 7 Visions: Wood as Fiber.
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2009 ITE Residents Announced
We are pleased to announce the following artists and scholar who have been chosen for next year's International Turning Exchange:
Jerome Blanc, artist, Switzerland
Gaynor Dowling, artist, UK
Robert Lyon, artist, USMalcolm Martin, artist, UK
Howard Risatti, scholar, US
Leah Woods, furniture maker, US
Be sure to check out the profiles on the 2008 ITE Residents in the "Articles" section below, and the application for 2010 and 2011 residencies in the "Opportunities" section at the end of this page.
|At The Center
7 Visions: Wood as Fiber
Through May 17, 2008
View online exhibit here
This exhibit takes a different look at the "wood" in wood art. These seven artists treat wood as fiber - whether it is sewn, woven, or given the appearance of fibers.
Civilization as They Knew It:
Work by Stephen Paulsen 1963-2008
April 4 - July 19, 2008
Opening Reception: April 4, 5pm-8pm.
2008 ITE Resident Profiles
This year's ITE Residents are highlighted with descriptions of their artistic styles and samples of their current work.
Wood as Fiber
by Christina Roberts
The Master Printer and Head of Education at Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop reviews the history and contemporary state of wood as fiber.
The Machines Behind the Art
by Jon Sauer
Curator of Rose Engines and Kings Jon Sauer investigates the roots of ornamental turning and the machines that make it possible today.
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Artist Profile: Stephen Paulsen
by Stephen Paulsen
An exploration into the creative world of Stephen Paulsen, the subject of a new retrospective opening at the Center April 4th, 2008.
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|New Books On Woodturning
Loom & Lathe:
The Art of Kay Sekimachi and Bob Stocksdale
by the Berkeley Art Center
The delicate art of this internationally celebrated husband and wife team are explored in this 48 page soft-bound book with images and essays from the touring exhibit of the same name. The Center is selling copies signed by artist Kay Sekimachi and essayist Albert LeCoff.
Order SIGNED copies here
New Masters of Woodturning:
Expanding The Boundaries Of Wood
by Terry Martin and Kevin Wallace
In this upcoming collection of furniture pieces that have redefined the
limits of shaped wood, crafters and designers alike are treated to a
wealth of knowledge from 31 leading wood artists who share their
personal motivations, thought processes, and the studio techniques
employed to bring out the breath-taking beauty of wood. Contemporary
artists such as Virginia Dodson, Binh Pho, Harvey Fein, Paul Fennell,
and Marilyn Campbell are among those whose works are given
studio-quality photographic treatment. Each featured piece encourages
crafters to find new ways of connecting with their own creative
channels and makes this book an important document of the modern
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International Turning Exchange
Applications for the 2009 ITE photojournalist are
being accepted until October 1, 2008. Applications
for all residency positions for the 2010 and 2011 ITE are due at the same time.
Furniture and Woodworking Workshops
June 2 - Sept 19, 2008
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Snowmass Village, CO
Visit the Anderson Ranch website
International Opportunities Wanted
Do you know of any wood art opportunities in your part of the world? We'd love to know about them so we can share the information with our members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant information. Thank you for your help, the Turning Points staff
from the Collection
A Collection of Goblets and Chalices from the Seventeen Peoples of the Eight Inner Worlds, 1987
9 x 12 x 3.5"
Donated by Irv Lipton
"The narrative you perceive is real, though the names, personalities, temporal locations, and circumstances of the individuals involved have been changed to protect the culpable. The artist assumes no responsibility for the repercussions attendent on revealing small pieces of the truth. Which, like love, amazement, and death, are where you find them. It's metamorphosis. Each piece becomes, in its own emergence, a metaphore for the central themes of passage and rebirth which unify all of us. I work to reveal those places, within us and without us, where past and future co-exist, beyond fashion or geography, eternally, while time flies."
from Museum Store
Jack SlentzSand Disk, 2006Wood14 x 3 x 14.25"$2,800 + s/h
"Known as the 'slash
and burn' artist of the 1998 residency, Jack Slentz of New Mexico
seized his time by the horns. If another turner made a mistake with a
piece, it might end up at Slentz's bench where it would be transformed
through the application of torch or chainsaw. The immediate and
sometimes violent carved surfaces of his sculptures reflect this
energy, as does the green wood that he often selected as a material to
exploit natural warping and splitting."
- Glen Adamson in the
Center's book Connections
"My work reduces and
simplifies both natural and man-made forms. Some forms used as points
of departure are manhole covers, trees, seedpods, spears, shields,
masks, as well as primitive tools and utensils. Their form, pattern and
texture influence me; their surfaces have a sense of rhythm that
implies movement.... The Disk shapes that I have used are a reflection
of my infatuation with manhole covers, mushroom caps, abstract forms,
and the cyclic nature of life."
For information on purchasing Sand Disk, please contact the Center: 215.923.8000
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