Convergence: Crossing the Divide: The Studio Furniture of Tasmania and America


April 17–June 12, 2005

Curated by Skip Pahl

Eight Tasmanian and eight North American studio furniture makers who share the common talents of design and craftsmanship converge in this exhibition that features the latest in contemporary studio furniture. The exhibit acknowledges Tasmania's emergence onto the international stage as a thriving center for contemporary studio furniture. Studio furniture reflects the historical traditions of functional furniture but with sculptural interpretations that are often whimsical, sometimes dramatic. Studio furniture makers from Tasmania have been recognized as leaders in a field that took root in the United States with designers at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, San Diego State University, Penland School of Crafts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - creative environments known as training grounds for contemporary designers.

Supported by University of Tasmania, the Australian Council, Arts Tasmania.

Catalog: Convergence: Crossing the Divide - The Studio Furniture of Tasmania and America

John Smith, Errol and Essie - Dancing Drawers, 2004. Blackwood, veneer over marine plywood, aluminum, stainless steel, Corian, digital prints, and Perspex
Mark Bishop, Beach Patterns, 2005. Carved, scorched, sandblasted Slash Pine plywood, Huon Pine, Blackwood, stained Tasmanian Oak, stainless steel, aluminum
Tom Loeser, Ladderbackkcabreddat, 2005. Maple, Cherry, paint.

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