Art 110 Week #6 – Artist Conversation – Ryan Taber

This week I was excited to view a gallery exhibit featuring wood projects. MY father has made a successful career in furniture making, making me pend countless hours in the wood shop. I was excited to see what some CSULB furniture may look like, and also bring me back to the days in the shop with I’m. The exhibit not only features furniture but also has several wood sculptures or pieces of art.

Hand crafted chair invites you to have a seat!
Hand crafted chair invites you to have a seat!

The instant I walked into the exhibit the all too familiar smell of wood dust hit me. The smell instantly took me back to the days spent playing in the wood shop while my dad worked on his projects. I enjoyed being overwhelmed by the worm memories of wood sent, as I walked around the gallery. This show had some wonderful wood working on display. The show had everything furniture, wood sculptures, wooden tools and even a wooden hat? I could help but notice the impressive craftsman’s ship considering the artists worked a collage level. This so far has been my favorite exhibit I’ve seen this semester, I’m hoping to get a chance to see more pieces.

This distorted large side table is perfect for a classy foyer
This distorted large side table is perfect for a classy foyer

I also had a very interesting conversation with one the arts in this exhibit. I told about her by experiences the wood working through my father. She cited artist Pete Nelson a famous tree house builder as her ideal boss. Coincidently Pete Nelson is from Oregon and I’m familiar with who is and his work. When she told me she was moving to Oregon I asked if it was to my hometown of Portland? Even more coincidental she admitted after graduation she will be moving to Portland, Oregon to pursue her wood working career. I began to tell her what the cities like, the art movements, the support of local craftsman. I offered my business card incase she had any questions regarding neighborhoods, wood shops or stores to sell her products at. The state of Portland now should be able to support her in furniture making. She will have access to local artesian stores that take pride in selling local artists product.

The infamous wooden guitar hangs high on the wall, leaving the question is it a Gibson?
The infamous wooden guitar hangs high on the wall, leaving the question is it a Gibson?

I found our conversation amazingly coincidental as she is moving to Portland for woodworking and my dad is moving from Portland to Huntington Beach for a new wood working job. As a young female artist just starting out, Portland may be just be the place for her to explore and be successful with art. As a middle aged acclaimed furniture maker, Huntington beach is offering my dad a prestige job that will allow him to travel the united states building pieces at world renowned locations. It was fun to once again smell the wood dust, all while getting to view amazing furniture. The exhibit was unique by not only displaying future but also wooden art. I wish this young artist all the best in her future career with wood.

Must I say more!
Must I say more!
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