Patricia Kane, curator of American Decorative Arts at YUAG, talks about the broad scope as well as intricate details of the exhibit.
points out that the Waterburys like to get to know the artists represented in their collection and asked them to comment on their pieces - recollections about making the work and ideas they were pursuing.
"What you'll find here on the labels," Kane
says, "is not just a little chat about the artist and his
oeuvre, but also a statement, which is the artist's voice that adds to the richness of the presentation."
Although much of the work was created in the last 25 years, Kane
says a lot of it shows the trajectory of where the wood field has been, starting in the period right after World War II.
"They sold at stores like Gumps," Kane
began to use chain saws to shape his
objects and leaves the tracks of the chain saw visible," Kane
At the same time, Kane
says, a group of artists were doing much more precise, refined work, like Michael Shuler, who makes turned vessels out of pine cones, impregnated with epoxy.
then turns them so the geometry of each leaf of the pine cone makes this wonderful patterning on the surface," Kane
will talk with Ruth and David Waterbury about their collection.