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LOS ANGELES\, CA — The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents Scratching the Surface: Contemporary Wood Sculpture\, an exhibition featuring the works of nine contempora ry artists whose unique sculptural forms capitalize on the naturally occurring textures and irregularities of wood. This international selection of artists includes Christian Burchard (OR)\, Todd Hoyer (AZ)\, William Hun ter (CA)\, Art Leistman (Canada)\, Pascal Oudet (France)\, George Peterson (NC)\, Michael Peterson (WA)\, Merr yll Saylan (CA)\, and Jack Slentz (NM). The exhibition is curated by Ray Le ier in association with del Mano Ga llery and will be on view from January 27 through May 5\, 2013.

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Using bo th machine-cut and natural surfaces\, each of these artists shares a procli vity for working with the grain of wood by reworking its surface via sawing\, bleaching\, sandblasting\, and e xposing surfaces to rain\, sunlight\, and dry heat. Their carving methods range from using the lathe to produc e refined shapes\, to using chainsaws for unpredictable abstract forms. Relying on a balance of approximation and accident\, some of the artists are able to envision how the final artwo rk will look\; while others let the material itself reveal the finished piece.

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French woodturner Pascal Oud et uses sandblasting to dislodge the soft wood between the growth rings of the tree. The resulting sculptures are intricate with lace-like surfaces. Oudet describes\, “I try to work wit h these characteristics\, playing w ith the grain through various surface treatments (textures\, sandblasting\, scorching\, colors). Most of the time\, I have a precise idea of the piece I want to create\, and then look f or the wood that will render the effect I’m after.”

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Michael Peterson dr aws inspiration from the natural surroundings of the Pacific Northwest\, wh ere he lives and works. Working pri marily with a chainsaw\, he hollows and carves through damp pieces of wood\ , which contort into warped form an d textures upon drying. “When starting a piece\, it's not always best to kn ow where it's headed\,” says Peterson. “Rather than thinking my way through a piece\, it's more like feeling m y way through it.”

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Jack Slentz and George Peterson look equally t o the natural environment\, as well as to designs in the urban landscape when developing concepts. Peterson of ten carves and paints into recycled wood from skateboards to incorporate an urban motif into his work. Slentz expresses\, “The ideas for my artwo rk come from every day objects\, things that we notice and take for granted. Some of the everyday forms I use\ , as points of departure\, are manh ole covers\, storm grates\, and seedpods.”

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An opening reception for Scratching the Surface w ill take place on Saturday\, January 26 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The reception is open to museum members and the public.

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Public programs:
CAFAM will offer exhibition-related wor kshops and events in conjunction with the exhibition. Other events will include CraftLab family workshops\, he ld on the second Sunday of each mon th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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Sunday\, April 21 | 3:00 p.m.
Artist Talk with William Hunter

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Sunday\, February 17 | 3:00 p.m.
Artist Talk with Merryll Saylan< /span>

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