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George Peterson

b. 1966, Long Beach, California

 

Selected Collections

Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

 

Selected Exhibitions

2011 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009-11 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2010 The Art of Wood: Outside the Box, Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT

Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition WEST, Santa Fe, NM

2009 Los Angeles Art Show, represented by del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005-09 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

2008 Texture: George Peterson and Caleb Seiman, OK, Los Angeles, CA

Wintershow, Greenhill Art Center, Greensboro, NC
Solo Exhibition, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale, AZ

2007-08 Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from the Wornick Collection,

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2007 Pursuing Excellence, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC

2007-a, La Fontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

Turning Green, Touring
Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland OR
AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN

2006-07 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005-07 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2006 ARTScottsdale, WestWorld, Art & Antiques, Scottsdale, AZ

Wood Now, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO, traveling
Solo Show, Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2005 One, La Fontsee Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

Five By Five, Signature Shop and Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004 George Peterson & Molly Doctrow, Focus Gallery, Asheville, NC

Wood Fired, W.D.O. Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Whole Grain, CWA Exhibit, SOFA, Chicago, IL
Four New Visions, Gallery North, Setauket, NY

2003 Nature of Craft, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe, NM
One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Wood Currents, Andora Gallery, Carefree, AZ

2001-03 Challenge VI- Roots: Insights & Inspirations in Contemporary Turned Objects, Touring

Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Washington State University Museum of Art, Pullman, WA
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
The Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR

2001-03 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

2002 New Talent in Craft II, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

Branching Out: Contemporary Wood Turning in 2002, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, VA
George Peterson and Matthew Fine, Andora Gallery, Carefree, AZ

2001-02 Turned Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2000-02 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2001 Turned Multiples II, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
Saskatchewan Crafts Council, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Against the Grain: Turned and Sculpted Wood, International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX
Masters of Turned Wood, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Sculptural Invitational, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC
A Way With Wood, Signature Shop, Atlanta, GA
Diversity & Exploration: New Forms In Wood, R. Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Turning Wood, Painting Landscapes, Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, NC

2000 New Members Exhibition, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, NC

alTURNatives, Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, MD

 

Selected Publications

2007 Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from The Wornick Collection. Kangas, Matthew; Muniz,

Julie & Ward, Gerald. MFA Publications, Boston, MA.

Pursuing Excellence: The Studio Craft Movement in Western North Carolina. The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Hendersonville, NC.

2005 Connections: International Turning Exchange 1995-2005. Wood Turning Center Publications, Philadelphia, PA.

2004 500 Wood Bowls: Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin.

Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

2003 New York Times Magazine. Fall. Home Design Section.

2002 Scratching The Surface. Hosaluk, Michael. North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH.

American Craft Magazine. October/November.

2001 Challenge VI- Roots: Insights & Inspirations In Contemporary Turned Objects. Holzapfel, Michelle; Rice, Robin & Tyler,

Christopher. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.

2000 American Craft Magazine. February/March. “Portfolio.” Pp 95.

Cote Quest. February/March.
Turning Points. Summer. “Scratching The Surface.” Gotwald, Judith. Pp 6-14.

 

About The Artist

“...George Peterson’s scorched turnings of unrefined chunks of wood draw attention to the nature of the turning process and to the primal character of wood by presenting both in a fashion which in other circumstances might be seen as a grotesque mistake. By violating ordinary rules, Peterson reveals a view and unexpected beauty. He records his process as an interactive dance of energy and resistance in which something of discord plays a leading role. Controlled danger and power are intrinsic to turning and, therefore, implicit in even the most refined turned objects. By rejecting pre-ordained from and absolute control, Peterson makes process an explicit part of the content of his work. The work, though, is not simply about turning, it suggests a context in which approximations, accidents, and irregularity have a positive meaning, a world which rewards boldness and simplicity.”

Robin Rice, “A Fruitful Balance Between Influence and Originality”

 

Artist’s Statement

For me, the adventure and challenge of sculpting lies in focusing on the natural tension and drama I find in the wood, and in contrasting and complimenting that drama with my expressive mark as an artist. I channel a lot of destructive energy into my art. The pieces are formed from whole logs using chainsaws, hammers, chisels, fire, axes…anything. I aim to create layers of machined and natural surfaces. The raw sculptures are then placed in a kiln so the wood can stabilize. Often, during the drying process, the tension in the wood will cause a piece to warp and crack giving the forms an element of spontaneity that I could never contrive. After the wood is dry, I then refine each piece through careful and deliberate study. I paint, polish, trim, sew, join and repeat if necessary, until the work is resolved.

Lingo Skateboard Series, 2009

My aim with this series is to celebrate the iconic nature of the skateboard as well as the creative/destructive energy that goes into forming the raw material I start with. As a person who obsesses about all the different wood species, I have come to see these broken and banged up pieces of plywood as a type of exotic material. Not because it's rare or expensive, but that it's been processed in very unique and specific ways. Creatively speaking, this series owes a lot to the culture and industry of skateboarding. Like making art, skateboarding is a very creative and personal outlet. It is also inherently destructive; boards get worn down, cracked and broken. It is a subtle and unintended type of wood sculpting. This series is about layers: it speaks of the utility and beauty of wood, the culture and byproducts of our modern world and the visual/textural language I've developed through my work as an artist.

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