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CHRISTIAN BURCHARD

b. 1955, Hamburg, Germany

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Arizona State University Museum of Art, Tempe, AZ

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

Art for Embassies Program, Washington, DC

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh, NC

Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Royal Cultural Center, Jedda, Saudi Arabia

Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2012 Turned Wood – Small Treasures, del Mano - A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,

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2011 Christian Burchard: Wrestling With Riddles, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Out of the Woods, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR

Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

White on White, Harrison Gallery, Key West, FL

A Wood Collectors Home, Groovewood Gallery, Ashville, NC 

The Fine Art of Wood: An International Invitational Exhibition of Woodturning,

Arboretum, Ashville, NC

Collect 2011, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, England, UK

Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006-11 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004-11 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

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

Is Ornament a Crime?: Rethinking the Role of Decoration in Contemporary Wood, Collectors of

Wood Art Exhibition at the SOFA Expo, Chicago, IL

2009-10 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition WEST, Santa Fe, NM

2009 Days Of Spring, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, Saatchi Gallery, London, England, UK

2007-09 Craft In America: Expanding Traditions, Traveling Exhibition

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR

Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, OK

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2005-09 Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008 The Sphere, AAW Symposium, Richmond, VA; AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN

In The Palm Of Your Hand, CFC, Rockport, ME

Collect, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London, England, UK

Over the Edge: Woodturning Into Sculpture, Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho,

Moscow, ID

A Perfect Marriage: Wood & Color, CWA Exhibit, SOFA, Chicago, IL

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale, AZ

New West Coast Design: Contemporary Objects, San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design,

San Francisco, CA

Far From The Tree,

Messler Gallery at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME

AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN

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

2007-08 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

 

2007 Turned Wood-Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Turning Green, Touring

Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland OR

AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN

Japanese Bowls: A Western Perspective, AAW Symposium, Portland, OR; AAW Gallery of Wood Art, St. Paul, MN

2006 Turning Wood into Art, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, England, UK

Wood Now, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO

Woodturning on the Edge, University of Idaho, Pritchard Gallery, Moscow, ID

Our Turn Now: Artists Speak Out in Wood, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH

ARTScottsdale, WestWorld, Art & Antiques, Scottsdale, AZ

2004-06 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, Touring

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

2005 Art Invitational, Great American Art Company, Tacoma, WA

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Philadelphia, PA

2004-05 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

1997-05 Turned Wood-Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Beneath The Bark: 25 Years of Woodturning, Brigham Young University Museum of Art,

Provo, UT

Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

1997-04 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003 Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Into the Woods, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

A Tribute to Rude Osolnik: An Exhibition of Contemporary Turned Wood, Kentucky Museum of Arts + Design, Louisville, KY

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

2002 Modern Bestiary: Artists View the Animal Kingdom, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, WI

Surface + Form, Craftwest Gallery, Perth, Australia

Hot Tea!, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Collectors' Choice, Collectors of Wood Art Forum, SOFA, Chicago, IL

2001-02 Wood Turning in North America since 1930, Touring

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

2001 Against the Grain: Turned and Sculpted Wood, International Museum of Art & Science,

McAllen, TX

2000 Artful Wood: Selections from the Irving & Mari Lipton Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Fine Art of Wood: the Bohlen Collection, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Turning Wood Into Art: The Jane & Arthur Mason Collection, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

1999 Forms in Wood, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

Turned Multiples, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection,

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

The Art of Turned Wood: Selections from the Lipton Collection, World Forestry Center,

Portland, OR

1997-98 Expressions In Wood: Masterworks from the Wornick Collection, Touring

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA

International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen, TX

1997 Curators Focus: Turning in Context, Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2011 The Cutting Edge: The Lipton Collection and Contemporary Wood Art, Wallace, Kevin.

Fine Arts Press, Antioch, CA

Conversations with Wood: Selections from the Waterbury Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

2010 A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum's

Renwick Gallery, Washington DC

2008 American Style. April. “Parting Shot.” Pp 104.

2007 Woodworker West. May/June. Profile. Pp 54.

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.

2004 500 Wood Bowls: Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin. Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

Nature Transformed: Wood Art from The Bohlen Collection. Ulmer, Sean. Hudson Hills Press, Manchester, VT.

Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions. Wallace, Kevin. Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Beneath The Bark: Twenty-Five Years of Woodturning. Christensen, Kip & Nish, Dale. Utah Woodturning Symposium, Inc, Provo, UT.

2003 Wood Art Today: Furniture, Vessels, Sculpture. Meilach, Dona. Schiffer Publications, Westchester, PA.

2001 Wood Turning in North America Since 1930. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

Challenge VI- Roots: Insights & Inspirations In Contemporary Turned Objects. Holzapfel, Michelle; Rice, Robin & Tyler, Christopher. Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA.

2000 The Fine Art of Wood: The Bohlen Collection. Fike, Bonita. Abbeville Press, New York, NY.

1999 Contemporary Turned Wood: New Perspectives in a Rich Tradition. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin. Hand Books Press, Madison, WI.

1996 Expressions In Wood: Masterworks from The Wornick Collection. Cooke, Edward; Kangas, Matthew & Perreault, John. Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

The material I use, pacific madrone burl, changes as it dries, forcing me to step back from my work and relinquish control for a short time while letting the wood find its own shape. Madrone burl, which grows along the northwest coast of the United States, is the wildest of all the woods I know. Not only does it have a wide range of color and texture, it resists all attempts to dry evenly. Instead it warps or cracks strongly and gets very hard when it dries. I turn it while it is still green, while it is a pleasure to cut and handle. I make use of the warping as the wood dries to create attitude, gesture and, when grouping these shapes together, relationships. The soft surface texture is a direct result of the cutting edge of my tools and light sandblasting.

My objects are an attempt to tell stories. They give glimpses of possibilities or act as metaphors, serving as a transport for ideas and things alike. A little fantastic, a little odd.… Some are solely because they were a lot of fun to make. They are highly unlikely with a life of their own.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in Hamburg, Germany in 1955, Christian has been living in the United States since 1978. Building on a foundation laid by a furniture makers apprenticeship in Germany in the middle seventies, he studied sculpture and drawing first at the Museum School in Boston and then at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver BC. In 1982 he opened Cold Mountain Studio in Southern Oregon. His early focus was on furniture and interiors, but gradually shifted to woodturning and sculpture, moving between vessel oriented forms and sculptural turning. His work has been included in most of the major turning related exhibits of the last ten years and is exhibited widely throughout the US. His pieces are part of many public and private collections. He is also sought after as a teacher and demonstrator at craft schools and conferences and related turning events. He currently resides with his wife and son at the outskirts of Ashland, Oregon.

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