Around the Center, Museum of Contemporary Crafts
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Around the Center
june 2 – july 2, 2011
First Wednesday Artist Reception: June 1, 6–8pm
Dale Larson, William Moore, and Greg Wilbur have been associated with The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft for a combined 80 years. Their vast experience with wood and metal can be seen in their exquisite forms. Each of these craftspeople has mastered various techniques and found a language all their own.
Dale Larson turns madrone and maple on a lathe to create large bowls that highlight the natural grain of the wood. He has traveled the world demonstrating his flawless technique and creating timeless forms.
William Moore began his artistic career as a wood turner before incorporating metal into his process. Over the years the combination of these two materials has lead to unique works that transcend categorization. This year Moore is retiring from Pacific Northwest College of Art after almost 40 years of teaching.
Greg Wilbur raises metal. His process of heating, hammering and annealing seamlessly transforms flat sheets of copper and bronze into vessel forms that appear to defy the laws of physics.
For more on Greg Wilbur's work:
Founded in 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft (MoCC) in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue that helps expand the definition and exploration of craft. Through dynamic exhibitions and provocative public programming, supported by the Museum’s collection and archives, the Museum advances the conversation on the role of craft and design in contemporary culture while at the same time honoring the history of the studio craft movement.
The Exhibition Galleries, 4500 square feet on two floors, at any time feature multiple exhibitions that look to the present, future and past of craft through the focused viewpoint of today. Along with featuring some of the leading contemporary national and international artists, exhibitions frequently draw from the rich archives of the MoCC collection, a public legacy of over 1000 objects that documents the active role of both the Museum and the Pacific Northwest in the evolution of craft over the last seven decades.
In addition to the exhibitions on view, the MoCC experience is complemented by The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft—one of the primary destinations in the Pacific Northwest for purchasing exceptional contemporary crafts. The Gallery represents craft artists from across the nation working in ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media. Gallery artists routinely visit the Museum for public gallery talks and hands on demonstrations.
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