Ascending Vessel – Wooden Sculpture by Mark GardnerMark Gardner
This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery.
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This piece is part of WOODn’t You Like to Know, the current exhibition in the Folk Art Center’s Main Gallery. This exceptional selection of wooden sculpture has been curated by John Hill, the exhibition coordinator of the American Association of Woodturners.
- Maple; chainsaw carved, scorched
- 74″ x 15″ x 21″
- This piece will be shipped after the close of the show on September 22, 2019
- Shipping cost TBD
- Made in 2016
“My process is a conversation between tool and material, exploring gestural lines inherent in the wood, giving way to the discovery of forms hidden from view. Working with the chainsaw is immediate and destructive, creating and informing a piece in an instant. Peeling away layers, revealing forms within the logs. Working subtractively, keeps the focus keen. There is freshness, looseness and simplicity to a single cut or stroke of the saw. By cutting the pith out of the log, the coring process releases tension which stabilizes the forms as they dry. These forms also take advantage of the length of the logs and are subject to the natural curves and bends in the tree. The interplay of my aesthetic and the unique qualities of each tree’s growth pattern feeds the process. I approach the work with a loose design and allow the wood to influence the forms. Working with green logs and limbs is a bit like working with found objects. The material suggests a certain approach and I respond.”