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HANS WEISSFLOG

b. 1954, Honnersum, Germany

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Corning Museum, Corning, NY

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Gottorf Castle, Schleswig Holstein, Germany

Kunstgewerbe Museum, Berlin, Germany

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

Musées des Pays de l'Ain, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

Museum for Arts and Crafts, Frankfurt, Germany

Museum for Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Roemer Museum, Hildesheim, Germany

The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI

Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

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

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2011 Inside & Outside The Box, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001-11 Turned Wood-Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999-11 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

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

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

2009 Hans & Jakob Weissflog, presented by del Mano Gallery at SOFA, Chicago, IL

2004-09 Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1998-09 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

2008 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale, AZ

Far From the Tree, AAW Gallery of Wood Art, Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN

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

2006 Hans Weissflog, solo show, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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

2004 Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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

Provo, UT

2003 Into the Woods, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Solo Exhibition, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Put A Lid On It: Containing Human Experience, American Association of Woodturners, Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Santa Fe, NM

2001-03 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Surface + Form, Craftwest Gallery, Perth, Australia

2000-02 Defining Craft I: Collecting for the New Millennium, Touring

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Figge Museum of Art, Davenport, IA

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, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

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

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2009 Masters: Woodturning: Major Works by Leading Artists. Lark Books, Sterling Publications,

New York, NY.

2008 New Masters of Woodturning: Expanding the Boundaries of Wood Art. Martin, Terry & Wallace, Kevin. Fox Chapel Publishing, East Petersburg, PA.

2004 Nature Transformed: Wood Art from The Bohlen Collection. Ulmer, Sean. Hudson Hills Press, Manchester, VT.

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

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.

2002 Craft Arts International. Issue 61. “Designer, Maker, Artist.” Wallace, Kevin. Pp 36-40.

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.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

In the early 1990s, the work of Hans Weissflog appeared on to the International woodturning scene, creating a sensation. His small, intricate box forms were linked to traditions and approaches that had little in common with the bowls and vessels that predominated the field. In particular, the technical mastery and sense of design evident in his work amazed those who encountered it, whether in person or in print.

"With boxes I could create more forms and it was an area that not as many people were exploring." He says of these early works. "I could change the orientation and use smaller pieces of wood, thereby making more species available to me."

Having become known for his small box forms, Weissflog began to explore the potential of the bowl form in the mid-90s. His approach married the techniques and design elements of his smaller forms to create a distinctive body of work, where design and sculpture met in a manner quite unlike any other work in the craft or art fields.

Over the years, Hans Weissflog has continued to redefine himself. Recent work has explored the juxtaposition of the raw, organic aspects of wood, with the highly controlled, detailed approaches that he is best known for. Weissflog continues to create highly individual works that raise the bar technically and expand the potential of the wood medium. While it has long been the artist’s intention to show the wide-range and complexity of work that can be created on the lathe, he is increasingly interested in showing that there are no limitations in shape and form.

As opposed to most makers in the field of woodturning, Weissflog comes from a background of design. Each piece must be carefully planned and perfectly proportioned. Rather than being open to changing the design of the piece on the lathe, the steps needed to create the final object are thought out in advance, with no room for error. With all of his experience, he still breaks one out of three ballboxes in process. This is true of many of the more complex pieces, as the work is extremely demanding. As he puts it, "I create these forms on the border of what is possible to make."

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

"Klein und Fein" (German for "small and fine") is my motto. And contrary to popular belief, I believe that it is still possible to create good work by hand.

I have never been able to understand why people feel that work created 100 years ago is superior to the work being created by artists today. After all, the equipment we have to work with now is much better than anything that was available to the artisan of years gone by.

In my opinion, one has only to be willing to spend the required amount of time to produce a truly exquisite piece.

I have always been intrigued by the seemingly unlimited diversity of shapes that can be achieved on the lathe. As a designer, I am always seeking out new possibilities and challenges. My work is always expanding by transforming these possibilities into reality.

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