May 14, 2021 – September 12, 2021
The Esherick Museum is delighted to announce the opening of Wood And…, our 27th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition. Although for many the name Wharton Esherick is nearly synonymous with wood, Esherick used a wide array of materials with both innovation and sensitivity. Likewise, the 26 artworks included in Wood And… reflect a broad array of approaches to combining materials in exciting ways. The work ranges from furniture to sculpture to design, representing vastly different perspectives, creative visions, and fields. Each of the featured artists understands how wood’s essential qualities can be reimagined or enhanced in combination with materials either familiar to art making — for example paint, clay, glass, fabric, and metal — or less conventional, like LED lights and rice. Taken together, the works in Wood And… argue for the vast potential of material interdisciplinarity, which reflects the experimentation with materials, object types, and genres that was a critical part of Esherick’s own artistic practice.
Wood And… is a virtual exhibition viewable here beginning May 14, 2021. The three artworks selected for First, Second, and Third place will also be on display in the Visitor Center when the Museum reopens.
Photo: Aspen Golann, Partially Draped Cabinet, 2019. Solid mahogany, bent laminated bars, hand enameled glass, brass hardware, finished with super blonde shellac, H: 50” x W: 48” x D: 18”