"Although a formal investigation, these pieces also allude to age and new growth, artifice and natural and the fun of marking the wall with and 'X'. In Japanese tea gardens, an arrangement of similar bushes will be placed on either side of an archway to create a mirror effect. The intent is to subtly remind the participants to be present. Similarly, the X form appears to contradict itself when seen from the side view - especially when moving, so that the part of the X form which is furthest away appears larger than the side closest to the viewer. I am exploiting this and other visual conundurms in the spirit of Chashitsu Architecture." Melinda Rosenberg
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
"I have tried to respond directly to the found branches, raw edges of planks and roots. The rounded forms were an attempt to talk about love, as they were inspired by the heart shape, however that quickly got lost in the work of becoming passive. When placed in close proximity, they appear to respond to each other." Melinda RosenbergMelinda Rosenberg is an american artist and sculptor excited by wood in all its incarnations who in this series of sticks has combined the natural beauty of found organic wood with worked timbers.
"I spend a good deal of time looking for wood, both in lumber yards and driving in rural Ohio looking at old barns. I love how wood holds the memory of its growth within its grain, and how wood decays to reveal its growth structure. Once I find the wood with the right texture or grain, I try to highlight the nature of the wood as I construct the piece."
Monday, 21 August 2017
Yun Suknam is a Korean artist and sculptor, these works are from her installation called lengthened. Yun Suknam is in her late 70's and has been creating incredible timber sculptures about human existence and in particular the experience of women in korean society. In her sculptures the angular abstraction of cut timber is combined with softer carved elements and colour. Sometimes Yun combines pieces of furniture with her figures adding to the sense of utilitarian invisibility of women in the home.
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Friday, 18 August 2017
Ernst Gamperl turns wood when it is wet. In this way he creates unique designs working with the natural bulges and organic indentations that emerge out of the wood as it dries.
"I cut the piece and then allow it to dry, I keep it under water while working and allow the warping process to happen - so the wood grows a certain way naturally."
Ernst is sympathetic to the timbers fissures, fractures, branches and growths working with them creating beautiful sympathetic repairs and controls as part of his vessels.
This spring Ernst Gamperl was announced as winner of the Loewe Craft Prize.
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Ernst Gamperl's 'Objects in Oak'. Having turned or carved a vessel Ernst then applies clay, earth and stone powder which on combining with the natural tannic acid of the wood, changes the colour and texture. He then removes this layer until he achieves the desired finish and fixes it with beeswax from his own bees.