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RETROSPECTIVE OF WOOD SCULPTOR STONEY LAMAR TRAVELS TO THE CRAFT &\; FOLK ART MUSEUM FOR THE ARTIST&rsquo\;S FIRST SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITIO N IN LOS ANGELES

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The Craft &\; Folk Art Museum (CAFAM ) presents A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar\, a r etrospective of North Carolina-based wood sculptor William Stoney Lamar&rsq uo\;s distinguished career. Widely regarded for his experimentation with mu lti-axial lathe work\, Lamar&rsquo\;s still active practice generates mediu m- to large-scale organic forms in which minimalist lines coexist with rugg ed\, organic textures. This traveling exhibition originated at the Ashevill e Art Museum and has been curated by Andrew Glasgow\, an art historian and retired Executive Director of the American Craft Council. It will be on vie w from May 17 through August 24\, 2014.

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Stoney Lamar (1951- ) has been a woodturner for over 25 years\, beginning his practice almost accidentally. He had set out to be a furniture maker after graduating from Appalachian S tate University\, until he borrowed a lathe from a friend to try woodturnin g. From that moment\, he harnessed the lathe to further his investigations into developing a sense of line and movement that is uncommon in works of t urned wood.

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&ldquo\; I didn&rsquo\;t decide to be a sculptor\; I decided to make work on a lathe\,&rdquo\; Lamar has said of his transition from a producer of furniture or other functional woodenwares to works of art.

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T he shapes in Lamar&rsquo\;s works are dictated by the natural form and text ure of the different woods he works with. Early works such as &ldquo\;Open Form&rdquo\; (1989) are medium-scale objects replete with pre-existing hole s and rough edges. These works often bear the turning marks of the lathe\, another texture that Lamar deliberately leaves intact on the surface.

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Re cent works have gained more length and height as Lamar has incorporated ste el elements that serve to activate the kinetic quality of his forms. Later works also see the addition of a paint derived from milk and lime to add ea rthy colors that accentuate the grains in the wood in works such as &ldquo\ ;Sea Grass&rdquo\; (2013).

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Lamar was diagnosed with Parkinson&rsquo\;s d isease in 2009\, a condition that he has deftly integrated into his studio practice. Still creating large-scale forms on a lathe\, he utilizes a chain saw to create incisions and lines in works such as the &ldquo\;Helix&rdquo\ ; series. Allowing the tremors in his hand to guide his motions has resulte d in an aesthetic expression that maintains what Matthew G. Hebert\, Assist ant Professor of Furniture and Woodworking at San Diego State University\, calls &ldquo\;the universal tension between control and freedom.&rdquo\;

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An opening reception will take place on Saturday\, May 17 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. preced­\;ed by a conversation between Lamar and curator Andrew Gla sgow from 6:30 &ndash\; 7:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public for a $12 admission fee. CAFAM members will be able to preview A Sense of Ba lance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar on Saturday\, May 17 starting at 12:00 p.m.

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The exhibition\, catalogue\, and tour of the exhibition are m ade possible by the generous support of many individuals and foundations ac ross the country. This exhibition was organized by the Asheville Art Museum .

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\n< p style="margin-bottom: 0in\; text-align: justify\;">12:00&ndash\;6 :00pm: Members Only Preview

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6:00pm: Gallery Talk with artist Darí\;o Esc&oa cute\;bar and curator Alma Ruiz

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6:30pm: Gallery Talk with artist Stoney Lamar and curator Andrew Glasgow

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7:00-9:00pm: Opening Reception

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$12 entry/Free for CAFAM Members

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For more information email info@cafam.org

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