Fruit and Flowers
- Furniture by Mark Levin
Opening April 22, 2005
Artist Talk - Saturday
4/23, 2:30 pm
our commitment to Studio Furniture,
the gallery will open our April Spotlight:
"Fruit and Flowers – the Furniture of Mark
Friday, April 22, with a reception
and will continue through May 31. There will also
Artist Talk on Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 pm.
from the Chicago area, Mark learned woodworking at
the hand of Bobby Falwell of Northern Illinois University
(who had in turn been taught by Wendell Castle). As
a result, Mark’s work has always been "about
the wood", while at the same time pushing the
limits of form.
The design foundation for his work is very instinctual
and is based on both natural and man-made forms that
he finds pleasing. These nuanced forms range from
leaves, flowers, butterflies and women to automobiles,
machinery and architecture. Interestingly, while Mark
does sketch work before he creates it, the origin
for his furniture and sculpture is the delineation
of the silhouette. He visualizes the piece in a black,
monolithic material rather than wood, knowing that
if the form has visual impact in this "black
dress" it will be that much more potent when
endowed in wood.
The title of this Spotlight exhibition "stems"
from his latest body of work: representations of fruit
(such as the Pear Table) as well as his more familiar
Flower-based series. He says, "I’m fascinated
and humbled by some of nature’s most basic produce;
fruit, vegetables and eggs. They are perfect miniature
sculptures where everything is just right; proportion,
form, texture and sensuality. They would do Brancusi
proud". His Flower series is an "offshoot"
of his long-running Leaf Series; both seem to combine
the best elements of the feminine form with the floral
delicacy of petals.
print versions of: Paganini
Flower Shelf or Pear
Table click name of item
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