The way makers and designers have shifted boundaries of traditional materials by employing new and cutting edge technologies, has come to shape much of the territory of contemporary design that we find in galleries and museums. Wood is included. Now, the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia presents an exhibition that comes to explore the intersections of wood and those technologies that allow intriguing ways of working the materials. You will find here wood worked with CAD or CNC routers, laser cut, and other methods of digital design, all making us think differently about wood and design. Curated by Anne Carlisle (with Glenn Adamson as an advisor), the show comes to celebrate the seminal 2001 exhibition ‘ Wood Turning in North American Since 1930,’ by presenting innovations and amazing fabrication methods utilized in the studio work of those designers and artists included. Above: Ahmed El Husseiny/AE Superlab, The Diwani Chair, 2015; Atlantic birch plywood; @Ahmed El Husseiny/AE Superlab.
Bud Latven, Spiral Impact 3, 2007. Mexican cocobolo, American tiger maple. Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Robert Reck; METHOD: Schematic drawing: CAD, mathematical renderings of material components: Excel, table saw, band saw, thickness planer, stationary sander, thickness sander, pressure clamping, wood lathe, rotary carvers, hand and air file sanders, finish sanders, buffers