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This summer\, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft ( HCCC) is pleased to host The Tool at Hand\, an exhibition that puts the skill and creativity of some of the most talented names in the contempo rary art world to the test.

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Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with the Chipstone Foundation and curated by Ethan W. Lasser (then Curator of the Chipstone Foundation and now the Margaret S. Winthrop Associate Curator of American Art at Harvard Art Museums)\, Th e Tool at Hand brings together artworks resulting from an unusual and s lightly eccentric experiment. In the spring of 2011\, the Chipstone Foundat ion invited 16 contemporary artists to participate in the Object Lab\, the foundation’s progressive and experimental arm\, to make a work of art with one tool alone. The resulting exhibition features a variety of creative and witty artworks\, presented together with images of the tools used to craft them and a short explanatory video produced by each artist.

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The Tool at Hand features artists in varying stages of their careers who hail from both the U.S. and the U.K. Working in a variety of material s\, including paint\, metal\, wood\, glass\, fiber\, and clay\, the artists range from those who work with non-traditional tools to those whose skill with traditional tools is in a class by itself. The former category include s makers like Liz Collins\, whose performative work with the knitting machi ne has gained international attention\, and Mark Lindquist\, the renowned w oodturner who developed a technique for coupling the chainsaw and the lathe in the 1980s. The latter category includes master tool users like the enam ellist\, Helen Carnac\; the silversmiths David Clarke\, Ndidi Ekubia and Li sa Gralnick\; and the sculptor and woodworker Gord Peteran\, whose recent w ork was featured in an exhibition that toured nine venues in the U.S. Th e Tool at Hand also presents work by three emerging makers\, Chad Curti s\, Michael Eden\, and Tavs Jorgensen\, who exploit the potential of new to ols like the 3D printer and the CNC milling machine.

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Ranging from t he ancient to the high tech\, the artists’ choice of tools was as diverse a s their modes of expression. Silversmith Ndidi Ekubia used a hammer\, and w oodworker David Gates employed a saw\, while ceramist Caroline Slotte used a box cutter\, and Hongtao Zhou used his hands to melt wax for Burnitur e\, a sculpted chair designed to melt from overuse.

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For a grou p of artists who are accustomed to working with considerable tool kits\, th is commission presented an inspiring and thought-provoking challenge. The r esulting exhibition showcases the wonder of the process of making and\, at the same time\, sparks an important conversation about the nature of skill\ , production\, and tool use today.

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The Tool at Hand will tra vel to museums across the United States\, with destinations including The P hiladelphia Art Alliance and the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland\, Oregon.

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