Natural Wood is Transformed into Spectacular Artwork at the Museum of Texas Tech

Turning Wood Into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection runs Jan. 17 through April 4.

Written by: David Dean

The exhibition showcases 65 objects from the Mint  Museum of Craft + Design’s Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, one of the world’s foremost collections of contemporary lathe-turned wood.

The exhibition showcases 65 objects from the Mint Museum of Craft + Design’s Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, one of the world’s foremost collections of contemporary lathe-turned wood.

The Museum of Texas Tech University is pleased to announce the exhibition Turning Wood Into Art: The Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, opened Jan. 17 and continues through April 4.

Turning Wood Into Art showcases 65 objects from the Mint Museum of Craft + Design’s Jane and Arthur Mason Collection, one of the world’s foremost collections of contemporary lathe-turned wood. Turned-wood objects embody an exciting combination of the natural and the manmade.

The “conversation” between an artist and the wood on the lathe is a balancing act between precise control and the forces of chance–a partnership of hand, machine, mind and matter. The appeal of a turned-wood piece reflects a combination of the wood’s inherent beauty and texture, and the turner’s mastery of technique, concept, and form.

The unusual quality of the Mason Collection offers insight into the creative growth of the artist across his or her career, as well as revealing much about the collectors of such works. Washingtonians Jane and Arthur Mason have dedicated a significant portion of their life together to assembling this collection. They have formed numerous personal friendships with artists along the way further informing their appreciation for the craft.

Turning Wood into Art focuses on five objectives specific to the medium of wood: Material Aesthetics, Process and Image, Storytelling, Design, and Tree Life. These areas shed light on the versatility of this medium specifically, and the many ways and conditions through which works of art in craft media generally can possess value and meaning.

The exhibition features the work of 40 artists from around the world, including Stephen Hogbin, Po Shun Leong, and Hans Weissflög. The collection encompasses the work of the 1960s with influential artists such as James Prestini, Bob Stocksdale, Rude Osolnik, Ed Moulthrop, and Mel Lindquist, as well as the next major group of turners to emerge: David Ellsworth, Mark Lindquist, and others who helped in shaping the international field of woodturning.

The exhibition is curated by Mark Richard Leach, Founding Director and Chief Curator of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. The exhibition is courtesy of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, N.C. Tour Management by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Mo.

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The Museum of Texas Tech University was established in 1929.

It consists of the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, the research and educational elements of the Lubbock Lake Landmark, and the Val Verde County research site.

The museum also offers master's degrees in Museum Science and Heritage Management and a wide variety of educational programs for the general public.

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