Westport Chair

Margaret McDuffie - Westport Chair
photograph by Howard Goodman


Form and Function

Group Exhibition

January 5 - February 3, 2013

Opening reception January 5 4 - 6 pm

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Theo Ganz Studio is very pleased to present Form and Function, a group exhibition of work which is both beautiful and useful and includes chairs, tables, stools, jewelry and sculptural mirrors. The artists represented are Kit Burke-Smith, Sarah Haviland, Insun Kim, Margaret McDuffie, Bo Stevens, Jessica Wickham as well as several anonymous members of the natural kingdom.

Sarah Haviland's abstract-figurative sculptures and installations have been exhibited in galleries, parks, museums, and educational settings, including commissions at Grounds for Sculpture, Pratt Sculpture Park, and NYU Langone Medical Center. Awards include a Creativity Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the New York and New Jersey State Arts Councils, and residencies at Sculpture Space, Skowhegan, and Yaddo. Her work reveals particular interests in images of women, human and natural gesture, the implications of mirrors, human-bird mythology, and local history. Sarah Haviland earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Hunter College. She is an Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

Insun Kim's sculptures were presented in the gallery's inaugural exhibition in May 2012. Although she started as a landscape painter, Kim states that there "was something about sculpture and three dimensions that I was very attracted to." Over the years she has worked with any number of mediums including clay, wax and plaster but her true love is working with metal. Insun Kim started Beacon Fine Art Foundry in 2005 and has cast for many well-known sculptors. Recent group exhibitions include Collaborative Concepts Farm Project in Garrison, NY and her 12 ft sculpture of stainless steel nails, Heritage 2, has been accepted for the Ossining Bicentennial Sculpture Exhibition May through October 2013. Her curved steel chair Fern was fabricated especially for this exhibition and it is apparent that she gets her inspiration from the natural world

Margaret McDuffie is a cabinetmaker and designer in the Hudson Valley, currently building custom cabinetry, shelving and storage. "Both in custom work and original design, (her) interests lie in combining an artful eye with ergonomic shaping and efficient use of space. Studio Ligna is (her) art/design entity (studioligna.blogspot.com) to which (she) gradually builds her inventory of original furniture, housewares and accessories using both new and repurposed woods." McDuffie’s maple-with-walnut-accent Adirondack chair is an interpretation of the original Westport Chair designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 in Westport, NY. It was first seen in the gallery’s Summer Blues show.

Kit Burke-Smith states that her "work references elements of both drawing and sculpture to create wearable jewelry that can both exist on its own and interact directly with the human body. My pieces seek to be about line and plane, folding and unfolding and positive and negative space. I hope that my work represents an exploration of how an object can exist visually, physically and within the form language of jewelry."

Kit Burke-Smith began working with metal at the age of 12 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has received a BFA in jewelry and light metals from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz. Her work has been displayed in museums and galleries internationally, including the Georgia Museum of Art and Galerie Marzee in the Netherlands. She currently lives and maintains a studio in the Hudson Valley.

Bo Stevens has been creating beautiful functional tables, cabinets and other pieces of furniture using his technique of twig marquetry. He states, "I developed the techniques of 'twig marquetry' about 18 years ago but have recently been able to devote most of my time to my studio. I am still working toward perfecting technique while at the same time recognizing technique is not the most important issue. When all is said and done though each piece is 'just' a piece of furniture to be used." And appreciated like the work of art it is, one might add.

Jessica Wickham and her eponymous Solid Wood Studio sources wood from dead and down Hudson Valley trees and meticulously mills and dries the logs in its drying barn. All design and fabrication happens on Main Street in Beacon. For the exhibition she has given us "a playful take on the traditional Japanese bathhouse stool. Black walnut heartwood and sapwood are combined, each stool is entirely unique. Joinery utilizes a sliding dovetail joint (involving no glue) that is virtually indestructible. Inspired by many hours spent in hot spring onsen baths in Japan!"