The Museum of Craft and Design presents A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar
Opening at the beginning of 2014, A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar serves as a retrospective of the artist William Stoney Lamar’s (1951- ) still active career, including the incorporation of new and experimental pieces. Crafted primarily through a unique approach to multi-axial lathe work, Lamar’s wood sculptures embody a distinct sense of line and movement. Occasionally putting paint and metal to use in his works, Lamar frequently allows the shape, color, and modeling of the wood to determine a piece’s finished appearance. The works presented in this exhibition offer an intimate glimpse into the enormous talent and vision inherent in the works of Stoney Lamar.
“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 wooden wares to works of art. Lamar’s path to the art world was perhaps relatively late coming and unintentional, but once the man, the tool, and the vision aligned, there was no going back. Today, twenty-five years into his career, Lamar continues to create his artwork, which can be found in both private and public collections across the country. Lamar has used his knowledge to work as a teacher and lecturer, as well as a board member for the American Craft Council, president and board member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, founder of the Association for the American Woodturners, and as president of The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design.
A Sense of Balance: The Sculpture of Stoney Lamar debuted at the Asheville Art Museum and will travel to museums across the country in 2014, including the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Arkansas Arts Center, and The Center for Art in Wood.
This exhibition is guest curated by Andrew Glasgow, Asheville Art Museum, North Carolina. Museum of Craft and Design, Exhibition designer: Ted Cohen
The Museum of Craft and Design’s exhibitions and programs are generously supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.