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Pop-Up: Almost Out Of The Woods

August 24, 2012 – November 9, 2012

Almost Out of the Woods is a pop-up exhibition of contemporary wood art featuring works by seven innovative San Francisco artists. The exhibition highlights the Museum’s commitment to contemporary craft and to working with local artists to showcase their creativity. Using wood as their primary medium, these artists show the range and diversity of their practice.

Forest Dickey focuses on objects that are functional by nature but complex in form. He uses wood, steel and other natural materials to create works that are beautiful and durable.

Michael Cooper, sculptor and artist, challenges our expectations of the chair, presenting a work that is both functional and surreal.

Adrien Segal uses scientific data as the foundation of the forms that grace her elegant tables, chairs, drawers and dressers.

Yvonne Mouser pushes the boundaries of wood, sometimes using its byproduct paper to create undulating wall works of painstakingly handcrafted tubes.

Donald Fortescue, woodworker, whittler and sculptor, challenges our ideas of how works are made with a handcrafted display box of objects modeled on collaborative small-scale sculptures. Fortescue’s selection for this exhibition is a collaboration with artist Matthew Hebert.

Lawrence LaBianca’s sculpture derives from the natural world as expressed through the use of wood, glass, leather, iron and water. His inventive subject matter includes reconstructed trees, iconic tools and carefully preserved found artifacts.

These artists form wood in their own unique ways, and show us that – whether functional or decorative – this seemingly simple material has endless artistic potential. From the forest, they reinterpret the trees, creating works that lead us Almost Out of the Woods.

Curator: Brett Levine

Photo: Yvonne Mouser, Untitled #2, paper tubes

Exhibition runs August 24 – November 9, 2012 at the Dogpatch Cafe & Gallery, 2295 Third Street at 20th, San Francisco, CA 94107. Open daily, 7AM – 6PM, free admission.

 

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