Stoney Lamar: A Sense of Balance
Two of his larger works greet you as you approach the exhibit’s entrance. As you enter the multi-room display, a sense of both peace and tension flows through: a result, it seems, of vibrations flowing among the turned-and-cut offerings awaiting you on their individual white altars.
In a video accompanying the exhibit, Lamar displays his work methods, and clearly defines his artistic approach. It includes what he sees as a tension between the organic wood and inorganic steel, and how he doesn’t design beforehand as much as let the art unfold through the wood-turning and steel-cutting process, and its melding into its own balanced existence.
Notes the Arts Center on its website:
Uninspired by traditional turned wood vessel forms, Stoney Lamar embarked on a personal exploration of the lathe and other tools of turners and woodworkers. This spirit of experimentation has firmly placed his work in the avant-garde of the wood turning world. Not only was he one of the first to use multi-axial turning, but eventually he added steel, color and distressed surface treatments.
The exhibit closes on Sunday, Jan. 18.
“Blue Tree Shoes”
“Cape and Cane”
“Lady in Waiting”
“Suspended Wire Walker”
Stoney Lamar and “Helix Tower”