Sperone Westwater recently kicked off a group exhibition dedicated to spotlighting a selection of artworks made from wood by a roster of leading contemporary artists. Entitled “Wood Works: Raw, Cut, Carved, Covered,” the diverse presentation highlights the various uses of wood in contemporary art through conceptual and technical approaches.
Participating artists include Tom Sachs, Helmut Lang, Brent Owens, Richard Tuttle, Katy Moran, Kim Dingle and many more. Highlighted works include Sachs’ monumental bricolage sculpture entitled ‘The Cabinet’ (2014) that features a handmade cabinet made of wooden Con Edison barriers that house a range of weapons; Lang’s ‘Untitled (2021)’ sculpture made of wood panel with removed bottle caps that feature intricate imprints on enamel and resin coating; as well as Dingle’s ‘Priss (1995)’ piece that portrays three-dimensional figures of the artist and her partner dressed in elegant ensembles in a wooden crib.
“In recent years, artists have employed a variety of conceptual and technical approaches to the medium, sometimes choosing wood for its structural properties and other times for its ecological and temporal connotations. Considering the past year’s challenges— the global pandemic and the restructuring of daily life— the transformation of common materials into new forms has become more meaningful than ever,” said the gallery in a statement.
Check out installation views for “Wood Works” in the slideshow above and then head to Sperone Westwater’s website for more information. The exhibition is on view through August 27. For more dynamic sculptures, Chiharu Shiota is showcasing miniature objects entrapped in woven thread as part of a solo exhibition at Galerie Templon in Brussels.
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