Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today

02/10/12 - 06/29/12 12pm - 5pm

Opening Reception: Friday, Feb. 10th 2012 5-7pm

Co-curated by Katie Lee and Tom Loeser, this exhibition explores the work of nine furniture makers and sculptors who use the technique of bending wood in innovative, unusual and eloquent ways. Wood bending is typically accomplished through one of three approaches:steaming, laminating or greenwood bending. Steaming requires the application of heat and moisture to allow the wood fibers to bend and slide against each other. The bent part is clamped to a form and allowed to cool and dry into a new configuration. Laminating involves using layers of wood cut thin enough to become flexible. The flexible strips are clamped against a form with adhesive between each layer, until the adhesive cures, locking the laminations into the new configuration. Greenwood bending uses freshly cut smaller diameter saplings, often willow, which are inherently flexible due to the high moisture content in the freshly cut wood. Bentwood came to symbolize the modern movement in furniture design, but it still offers a tempting territory for a range of aesthetic and formal explorations. The artists/designers in this exhibition push the limits of wood bending to create extraordinary functional and sculptural works of art that are conceptually challenging and expand our understanding and expectations of wood as a material. This exhibit was funded, in part, by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts; administered by the Arts Council of Henderson County.

Gallery Talk with Tom Loeser and Katie Lee Friday, March 16 1-2pm.

Download the Torqued & Twisted: Bentwood Today Exhibition Catalog
Watch Tom Loeser’s lecture at UNCA


August 30–October 14, 2012     701 Center for Contemporary Art  (Columbia, SC)

October 29–December 7, 2012     Storrs Gallery, College of Arts + Architecture  (University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC)

January 14–March 22, 2013     Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum  (Cullowhee, NC)

April 13–June 16, 2013     Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum  (Wausau, WI) 



Artspace Survey Launch: Counting Asheville Artists & Creatives for Affordable Housing Solutions

The Center for Craft and Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the launch of a comprehensive community outreach campaign and survey to quantify affordable housing and space options for Asheville’s artists, makers, performers and creatives. The Arts Market Survey, with a tagline of “Keep Asheville Creative,” is the next step to addressing community need as part of a bigger project to develop live/work, mixed-use-model development for the creative sector in Asheville.


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