An Evolutionary View of Contemporary Woodturning
Jacques Vesery and Kevin Wallace
Far From the Tree presents a visual history of woodturning’s emergence as a vibrant artistic form over the past sixty years.
The show’s curators are Jacques Vesery, from Damariscotta, Maine, and Kevin Wallace, from Los Angeles, California. Vesery is a leading wood artist with an international reputation. Wallace is an independent curator, author, and Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California. Together, they provide an “insiders” view of the woodturning field. The exhibition takes a fresh look at the field’s roots and the steady expansion of woodturning that has resulted in a bold new approach to contemporary art.
At the center of the exhibit are pioneering artists Bob Stocksdale, Rude Osolnik, Mel Lindquist, James Prestini, and Ed Moulthrop who focused on the natural beauty of wood by utilizing simple vessel forms, all of whom are now deceased. From that core radiates the work of influential contemporary artists who have expanded the language of the medium in new directions. The works on display feature a broad range of sensibilities, yet are related through their use of wood, lathe and a shared history.