Rikumo Field Trip: The Center for Art in Wood
We visited the Center for Art in Wood recently to see the work of Japanese artist Satoshi Fujinuma. Albert LeCoff, executive director and co-founder of The Center, was kind enough to show us around their expansive, sunlit space. Located in Philadelphia's Olde City district, the Center is dedicated to promoting art and design that primarily utilizes wood. Their large permanent collection includes functional objects and sculptures.
Satoshi Fujinuma is a Japanese artist who is inspired by nature. Using the wood lathe as a labor saving device, Fujinuma carves wood into intricate sculptural objects resembling living organisms such as seeds, plants, and bacteria cells.
Fujinuma created a set of fictitious wooden "seeds" for the Center's current exhibit, Bartram's Boxes Remix. John Bartram was an 18th century botanist who sent seeds throughout the world using wooden boxes. For the exhibit, artists were invited to use materials from 13 types of wood found at Bartram’s Garden to remix and respond to the history of one of America's oldest gardens.
The Center also hosts the Windgate ITE International Residency program, a Philadelphia-based art residency that supports seven fellows as they live, work and create with wood. See our instagram for our studio visit with the 2014 Windgate ITE fellows and join us next Monday for our post on ITE fellow Yuri Kobayashi.