Bob Trotman Wood as sculpture Woodworking in the 90's
Historicism and furniture as sculpture flourished equally
innovation was tied to technique
digital technologies were incorporated Previously in the 70's and 80's woodworkers became more interested in referring to tradtional forms
studio furniture was increasingly made of tropical hardwoods: mahogony, purple heart, cocobolo, rosewood, and wenge WARP woodworkers Alliance for Rainforests Protection Writer Scott Landis
created guidelines for forest management and a certification procedure
avoided use of tropical and endangered wood altogether to turn to American Timber Peter pierobon Born in 1957
Went to: Capilano College, North Vancouver Canada as a Ceramics Major & Wendell Castle School, Scottsville NY for furniture design
Lectured at: California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco & university of Arts in Philidelphia amoung others
Has taught and exhibited interantionaly for 30 years
Artist Info: "My inspirations have largely come from the world of fine art and in particular from indigenous cultures around the world. I am seeking to establish a fresh relationship between the primitive and the sophisticated, traditional and modern, while maintaining respect for the craft tradition. Primarily made of wood, my furniture seeks to satisfy functional needs while challenging precedents of design and concept. In the process, a personal vocabulary has evolved that reflects these criteria and the landscape that I live in."
Works Creates sculptural furniture
Carves, sands, finishes all by hand
Turning Furniture Jenna Goldberg As a figurative sculptor my concern is the exploration, interpretation, and representation of the human body as a primal medium for projecting thought and feeling: in the expressive language of its poses and dress, its gestures, its facial expressions, and in its disposition in relation to its surroundings. Of the many possibilities open to me, I am most interested in expressions of alienation: alienation of the self from society, from the physical environment, and even of the self from itself...
Bob Trotman born in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 1947
recieved a B.A. in philosophy from Washington and Lee University
has maintained a studio in the foothills of western North Carolina for 35 years
"I make furniture because I make furniture, and that’s what I do. Anything beyond that is a story, and mine is definitely one of an obsessed ornamentalist. My furniture and boxes are like 3D canvases that I get to have my way with. This is why I am drawn to the cabinet and box forms, which is what I make most of the time. There are lots of big open surfaces both inside and outside the pieces that I can decorate." Artist Info: Born: 1969
Went to: Universtiy of the Arts in Philidelphia graduating with a BFA in Illustration & attended RISD graduating with an MFA in Furniture Design.
Has taught at numerous schools including The Penland School, Arrowmont School of Craft, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Curently teaches woodworking at RISD.
Her solo show at Gallery NAGA in Boston, Massachusetts opened in 2010. Works Two primary techniques in her work:
1. An intaglio-like surface carving in which designs are carved through the painted surface, allowing the light maple wood to shine through
2. Xerox transfer, a process in which images are transferred onto wood or painted surfaces.
Furniture: "... Lately I have imagined my alienated figures as inhabiting a sort of corporate purgatory where gnawing doubt has replaced the profit motive as the prevailing psychological atmosphere. Rosanne Somerson "My hope is to help the viewer to find his or her own place of emotive satisfaction, coaxed and guided by the furniture's utility in both its obvious and more subtle functions. The emotive drive often overtakes the utilitarian protocol...When someone brushes against a memory, spurred by my pieces, I then feel the satisfaction of having succeeded." Rosanne Somerson recieved her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design
Joined the faculty of RISD in 1985
maintained her own studio since 1978
has exhibited work throughout the US and internationally (Musee du Lourve) inspired by art deco, Japanese architecture, preliterate art and other materials
rejected the frills and decorations that were expected from women's woodworking
did not represent herself as feminist
drawn to the emotional aspect of the experience of furniture Botanical Reading CouchSee the full transcript