Explorations In Wood


Mar 22 2021 - Apr 30 2021


Our dependence on – and love for – wood cannot be overstated. It’s integral to our very existence in a range of ways, encompassing our man-made environments as well as both utilitarian and decorative items. The organic qualities of wood, our ability to manipulate its shape, its abundance, and its renewable potential are among the reasons wood permeates our culture – including the art world. The seventy objects comprising Explorations in Wood are a small sample of the work held in the collection of Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood, gathered over a forty-year period.

These works stem from a love of wood and display a rich variety of wood types. Processes are varied, too, including wood-turned vessels as well as more sculptural forms. Many celebrate the natural beauty of wood, evident in rich warm-brown tones and assorted grain patterns, typical of materials gathered around the globe.

While many of the artworks might beg to be touched due to the enticingly tactile nature of wood, it’s the design and form of each that were the basis for selection. Variety and handling also were criteria, noting that some artists, after maximizing the manipulative qualities of wood then use paint to highlight an object’s form. Others combine multiple wood types, creating forms with contrasting colors or manipulating shapes to expose varied natural and machined textures. These approaches and others highlight the diversity and unlimited potential of wood.

The Center for Art in Wood encourages an international roster of artists to not only explore the many facets of wood; the Center also continues to challenge artists to discover the inherent and dynamic possibilities of the medium.

– Curator Andy McGivern

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  • Artists Included:: Gianfranco Angelino, Italy | Mark Bishop, Tasmania | Ed Bosley, US | Miriam Carpenter, US | M. Dale Chase, US | Frank E Cummings, III, US | Mike Darlow, Australia | Ron David, Canada | Michael de Forest, US | Virginia Dotson, US | Jean-Francois Escoulen, France | Al Francendese, US | Dewey Garret, US | Malcolm Martin & Gaynor Dowling, UK | Andrew Gittoes, Australia | Michael N. Graham, US | Reed Hansuld, US | Stephen Hogbin, Canada | Michael Hosaluk, Canada | Todd Hoyer, US | Ted Hunter, Canada | William Hunter, US | Hans Joachim Weissflog, Germany | Amber Johnston, US | Ron Kent, US | Maria van Kesteren, Netherlands | Max Krimmel, US | Bud Latven, US | William Leete, US | Melvin Lindquist, US | Zina Manesa-Burloiu, Romania, & Adrian Segal, US | Thierry Martenon, France | Terry Martin, Austria | Hugh McKay, US | Gael Montgomerie, New Zealand | Ed Moulthrop, US | Rolly Munro, New Zealand | Liz & Michael O’Donnell, Scotland | Sean Ohrenich, US | William Patrick, US | Michael Peterson, US | Peter Petrochko, US | Hillary Pfiefer, US, Dennis Carr, US | and Neil Scobie, Australia | Carl R. Pittman, US | David Pye, UK | Wayne & Belinda Raab, US | Marc Ricourt, France | Allen Ritzman, US | Hap Sakwa, US | Betty Scarpino, US | & Remi Verchot, Australia | David Sengal, US | Michael Shuler, US | Jack Slentz, US | Hayley Smith, US | Butch Smuts, Africa | Alan Stirt, US | Bob Stocksdale, US | Tim Stokes, UK | Marcus Tatton, Tasmania | Joel Urruty, US | Remi Verchot, Australia | Derek Weidman, US | Jakob Weissflog, Germany | Vic Wood, Australia | Malcolm Zander, Canada

Hourly Schedule

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February 24 2021, 6 pm
Artist's Talk
Her talk will focus on the history of the Center for Art in Wood and the development of its unique mission and permanent collection of artworks and handmade objects. She will also discuss select works in the Explorations exhibition and their impact upon the Center’s mission, its community, and worldwide creative engagement with the material of wood.
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April 1, 2021 6 pm
Artist's Talk
Michael Hosaluk
Jennifer-Navva Milliken
Prior to her arrival at the Center, she served as an embedded staff member in international art museums, as an independent curator, and as the founder of a cross-disciplinary art space. Her exhibitions have been presented in museums, art fairs, galleries, and unconventional spaces, and her writings have been included in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and publications that investigate and critique the intersecting fields of art, craft, and design. With a global perspective, honed through a life split between two continents, she is driven by the extraordinary power of the arts to challenge preconceptions and bridge divides. Milliken is the artistic leader of the Center and is responsible for the Center’s vision and direction, as well as creating and producing the exhibitions program, facilitating the annual Windgate International Residency program, maintaining the integrity of the museum collection and research library, and overseeing the Center’s publishing and documentation.
Michael Hosaluk
Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally and in Canada as one of the world's most creative wood "turners". Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is self-taught. Michael Hosaluk lives and has his studio near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Hosaluk's work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture, and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture, and is full of references to architecture, nature, and culture. Hosaluk's work has been exhibited throughout Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and the United States. Hosaluk's pieces can be found in the permanent collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace; Zhao Xiu, Governor of Jilin Province, China; Idemitsu Corporation, Tokyo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Yale University Art Gallery; Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum. He has lectured and demonstrated extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Norway, and Israel. In 2003, he participated in the French Association of Turned Wood's conference Artistic Woodturning Worldwide in Puy St. Martin, France. Hosaluk has also been the coordinator of the biennial International Wood Furniture/Turning Conference since 1982. Hosaluk's work has recently been profiled in numerous publications including Fine Woodworking; American Craft; and Woodwork magazines. Hosaluk is also the subject of a book published in 2002 by Guild Publishing, titled Scratching the Surface: Michael Hosaluk.