“Monument Valley” - Flame Sheoke Burl (Australia) - 14 x 5 x 2 -
Original and unusual this large spoon uses stunning sapwood weathering
which revealed intact medullary rays as a miniaturized landscape on the
side of the handle. The burl eyes shown on each side of the handle bowl
create streaks across the bottom of the bowl. Bold forms ending in a
decorative carved detail on the end of the handle, Monument Valley is at
once bleak and lush and rich. A powerful piece. Photography by Jim Osborn.
Valley" was accepted for inclusion in Beyond Boundaries, a Collectors of
Wood Art sponsored exhibition to be held at SOFA Chicago 2014.
Selections were made by Emily Zilber, the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick
Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston. With applications from over 100 artists, Emily had to make many
difficult decisions among the hundreds of high quality works submitted.
25 artists' work will appear in the show. The works chosen exemplify
creativity, outstanding workmanship, and aesthetically appealing design
elements. Aligning with the theme of "Beyond Boundaries", the works are
diverse in object type, use of material, technicality, and conceptual
approach. The dates for SOFA 2014 are: Opening Preview Night - Thursday,
November 6th, 5-9pm; General Fair - Friday, November 7th through Sunday,
November 9th. Additional information regarding this special wood art
event will be posted at the CWA
site and here as it is made available.
Note 2: Monument Valley has
been returned to my inventory. Beyond Boundaries was a very successful
show at the 2014 Collectors of Wood Art SOFA booth. To view images of
the show click here.
Photo credit: John Beaver