The iconic American artist, Wendell Castle He was eighty years old last November. Their wonderful pieces that more than furniture are works of art of different materials, but with a craftsmanship that have elevated it to the category of art and are in many museums of decorative arts in the world. Castle and his team are still working and making beautiful pieces, handmade furniture as an American art form.
The Wendell Castle collection It was founded in 1998 and conceived as a way to deliver her sculptural vision to a wider audience, the collection features signature designs. Made by hand, each piece of furniture represents the quality and integrity of a original artwork.
Over a 50-year career, Castle has managed to merge the goals of craft, design and art to give birth different forms, elegant, almost with a life of its own. This is the spirit of individualism which stands out as the most consistent seal of their Muebles-Esculturas.
Born in 1932 in Dorothy, Kansas City, middle-class parents began studying engineering. Despite the pressure to conform to social, and family expectations over the Decade of 1950, Wendell Castle little by little he began to pay attention to the call of the muses and began to think seriously about becoming a performer, but as family pressures not allowed him to do so openly, it was decided to do it their way.
Finally accepted you in the art Department of the University of Kansas to study industrial design. Upon graduation, he was working as an Assistant in the Department of sculpture of the University. He was attracted by the field of sculpture, due to its privileged position between the arts, as well as its focus on the form of decisions, but his most successful work during these first years, always tended towards the furniture design.
While I was struggling internally between both fields, growing followed new developments in the arts popularity of the organic design, and the triumph of the formal abstraction in painting and sculpture. However, he always tried to try something different, something that was not done by others.
Castle found his main inspiration in the work of Wharton Esherick ((1887-1970), who visited his home during a trip by road to the Northeast.) Esherick and his work represent for Castle, the way out of the conventional production.
Decided to professionalize its creative ambitions, Wendell Castle He moved to New York in 1961 and shortly after got a post of Professor in the Institute of technology Rochester, where he began in earnest to develop a synthesis of sculpture and furniture.
With high-end resources placed at its disposal in Rochester, Castle began to experiment with the stacked lamination, a process that was to become his signature approach. This technique consists in gluing multiple sheets of wood into large monolithic blocks, which then you can carve, becoming in three-dimensional objects highly organic. With the process of lamination, Castle allows you to overcome the restrictions imposed by the natural solid wood, It is too wet and too fragile for the sculpted forms seeking.
The lamination It gives the sculptor the freedom to work on any scale and create forms limited only by your imagination. Immediately began to produce true hybrid of sculpture and furniture, making her unique blend of functionalism and formal expression.
During the following decades, Castle continues experimenting with materials, including raids plastic and brass, growing your own expectations of quality and craftsmanship.
His work has continued a singular position among the creative disciplines, at the same time which has won numerous awards and support from a variety of organizations of prestige, including el American Craft Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Endowment for the arts and the Foundation Louis Comfort Tiffany .
You can enjoy of the work by Wendell Castle in institutions and museums of the size of the Museum of modern art, the Metropolitan Museum of art, the Museum of art and design, Museum of American art Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of fine arts, Boston, and the Art Institute of Detroit.
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