Pritam & Eames feature artists with ‘eccentric systems’

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Pritam & Eames will exhibit the furniture of Thomas Hucker and Brian Newell from Aug. 1 through Oct. 15 at The Gallery at Somes Sound in Mount Desert Island, Maine.

Brian Newell’s “Blanket Chest,” made of Japanese cedar, Macassar ebony, Lebanon cedar and cast iron.

“The work of these two artist/craftsmen push the boundaries of what’s possible in furniture making and they never fail to come up with sophisticated, original work,” Pritam & Eames director Bebe Johnson said in a statement.

“Although Hucker and Newell may draw upon traditional furniture forms, those precepts get run through their eccentric systems, which results in a personal poetic that is unmistakably theirs. Both are enormously gifted artists who chose furniture as their vehicle for artistic expression and who, as a result, helped shape a powerful movement in the 20th and 21st century decorative arts.”

Hucker, from Hoboken, N.J., and Newell, from Fort Bragg, Calif., share common ground as both are deeply influenced by traditional Asian aesthetics. They were also trained by two of the most influential teachers in the studio furniture field. Hucker studied with Jere Osgood at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the 1970s and James Krenov inspired Newell during his time at the College of the Redwoods in the 1980s.

Newell’s “Spider Cabinet,” made of East Indian rosewood, pearwood, African ebony and wenge.

This is the second exhibit arranged by Pritam & Eames through its collaborative venture with The Gallery at Somes Sound. The inaugural show, featuring the work of Wendell Castle, Judy Kensely McKie and Garry Knox Bennett, opened May 15.

Faculty exhibit

“New work by faculty,” an exhibition of furniture, turned objects, carvings and sculptures in wood, opened in June at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Messler Gallery and runs through Sept. 16.

The exhibit features 24 current-year instructors at the Rockport, Maine, school. “Their work is stylistically diverse, befitting a school whose teaching philosophy encourages each student to find his or her own creative voice,” the school said in a statement.

Work includes a 1981 Honda Goldwing motorcycle customized by wood sculptor Stephen Gleasner, who replaced the fenders and other components with sculpted plywood parts.

Thomas Hucker’s walnut fluted cabinets.

Many of the exhibitors reside in Maine, including Gleasner and Tim Rousseau of Appleton; Adam Rogers of Auburn; Kenneth Kortemeier of Bristol; Jim Macdonald of Burnham; Aaron Fedarko of Camden; Mac Ray of Damariscotta; Isabella Pierson and Brian Reid of Rockland, and Mason McBrien of Union.

International exhibitors include Canada’s Adrian Ferrazzutti, New Zealand’s David Haig, England’s Chris Pye of New Zealand, and Aled Lewis of Wales.

Other U.S. exhibitors include John Beaver of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; Warren Carpenter of Seneca, S.C.; Mark Gardner of Saluda, N.C.; Keith Gotschall of Salida, Co.; Garrett Hack of Thetford Center, Vt.; Reed Hansuld of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Beth Ireland of Roslindale, Mass.; Yuri Kobayashi of Westport Point, Mass.; Brian Persico of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and New York City’s Dino Sanchez.

The exhibition can be viewed online at www.woodschool.org.

Contacts:

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., Rockport, ME 04856. Tel: 207-594-5611.

The Gallery at Somes Sound, 1112 Main St. P.O. Box 203, Somesville, ME 04660. Tel: 207-244-1165. www.galleryatsomessound.com

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue.

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