RETROSPECTIVE OF WOOD SCULPTOR STONEY LAMAR TRAVELS TO THE CRAFT & FOLK ART MUSEUM FOR THE ARTIST’S FIRST SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITION IN LOS ANGELES
The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar, a retrospective of North Carolina-based wood sculptor William Stoney Lamar’s distinguished career. Widely regarded for his experimentation with multi-axial lathe work, Lamar’s still active practice generates medium- to large-scale organic forms in which minimalist lines coexist with rugged, organic textures. This traveling exhibition originated at the Asheville 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 view from May 17 through August 24, 2014.
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 State University, until he borrowed a lathe from a friend to try woodturning. 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 turned wood.
“ I didn’t decide to be a sculptor; I decided to make work on a lathe,” Lamar has said of his transition from a producer of furniture or other functional woodenwares to works of art.
The shapes in Lamar’s works are dictated by the natural form and texture of the different woods he works with. Early works such as “Open Form” (1989) are medium-scale objects replete with pre-existing holes and rough edges. These works often bear the turning marks of the lathe, another texture that Lamar deliberately leaves intact on the surface.
Recent works have gained more length and height as Lamar has incorporated steel 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 earthy colors that accentuate the grains in the wood in works such as “Sea Grass” (2013).
Lamar was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009, a condition that he has deftly integrated into his studio practice. Still creating large-scale forms on a lathe, he utilizes a chainsaw to create incisions and lines in works such as the “Helix” series. Allowing the tremors in his hand to guide his motions has resulted in an aesthetic expression that maintains what Matthew G. Hebert, Assistant Professor of Furniture and Woodworking at San Diego State University, calls “the universal tension between control and freedom.”
An opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 17 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. preceded by a conversation between Lamar and curator Andrew Glasgow from 6:30 – 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 Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar on Saturday, May 17 starting at 12:00 p.m.
The exhibition, catalogue, and tour of the exhibition are made possible by the generous support of many individuals and foundations across the country. This exhibition was organized by the Asheville Art Museum.
12:00–6:00pm: Members Only Preview
6:00pm: Gallery Talk with artist Darío Escóbar and curator Alma Ruiz
6:30pm: Gallery Talk with artist Stoney Lamar and curator Andrew Glasgow
7:00-9:00pm: Opening Reception
$12 entry/Free for CAFAM Members
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