Category Archives: Wood Carving

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John Cederquist’s Conservation Chair.

Easiest my favorite piece from the deYoung Museum is John Cederquist‘s Conservation Chair, created in 1998. This thing was absolutely mind-blowing, and it was definitely interesting to hear an intelligent 8 year old girl (who was later reprimanded by her mother for asking what a “rave” was) give her analysis about the great perspective used in the chair.

Made from Baltic birch plywood, Sitka spruce, maple, epoxy resin, oil-based inks, and aniline dye. (Some of the material list is incomplete — apologies on that.)

This chair made such a great impression on me that I had to see more of Cederquist’s work, and I am NOT disappointed. My mind is completely and utterly blown by this man’s skills in using unique shapes and careful pigmentation to create a sense of movement on otherwise flat surfaces. AMAZING. (Those pipes in the photo above are NOT round, my friends. They are flat pieces of wood painted to look round.)

Visit his website at to see more of his mind-blowing work. We didn’t get permission to post the images, or we would. But. GO. It will not disappoint.

Seattle’s Garde Rail – Folk Pop Show

Garde Rail really crafted an amazing exhibit this time around, featuring a good group of artists with varying styles. The gallery did find them to be quite harmonious, however, and fit them all into a new subgenre known as “Folk Pop.” It was deliciously tasty, and will run from now until Saturday, April 26th. It’s highly recommended that you check it out IMMEDIATELY!

Robots on crunchy little textures surfaces, courtesy of the mind of Tim Hooper, an outsider artist from Tennessee. He blends humor and illustrative skill to create one of a kind cutesy pieces for everyone who likes to smile.

The work of Gregory L. Blackstock may be rather confusing upon first sight, but it’s the story that makes it deeply more interesting. Blackstock is autistic but possesses extraordinary abilities to create art and music and speak multiple languages. The above drawings depict different “Buzz Bombs,” or firework helicopters. His drawings come from his need to document everything he sees, and his other pieces are much more intricate than the ones shown above.

Ab The Flagman‘s depiction of the American flag, using wood pieces and bedposts that were subsequently painted red, white, and blue.

The amazing three-dimensional work of Kevin Titzer, who uses driftwood from the Ohio River to craft his unique characters.

Paul Cordes Wilm is from Birmington, Alabama, and his showcased work is a blend of collage and paint. The above picture is collaged from newspaper coupon pages. Yay!

Robert Hardgrave’s Awesome Little Wooden Dudes

Robert Hardgrave is a Seattle artist who is in the latest issue of Redefine. I stopped by his studio in Ballard one day to check out some of his new work and to drop off a copy of the magazine to him. Click here to see where you can pick up a copy of the magazine near you!

While I was there, I fell in love with these little creatures he made a long time ago. There are five different varieties of these little dudes carved out of wood. But that’s not even the best part; if you pull on that metal string between his legs, his arm and legs go up. How cool is that?!!!

McLeod Residence – The Laser’s Edge

McLeod Residence

The McLeod Residence might be located in Belltown, but it is surprisingly chill. HAHA. This evening’s major feature was a table full of Oreos and an exhibit where local artists submitted their artwork to folks from 5280 Lasers to create laser-carved skateboards. Cool idea, with some cool results.

My favorite board of the evening was by Augie Pagan, whose comic book style illustration skills are wonderful. His also happened to be one of the most ornate, which helped.

Michael Jackson, made out of cereal. OH YES. Artist name? Unknown. Help a sista out. Check out the cereal words, though, which assert that INDEED, MJ IS THE “KING OF POP”!

But really, the bathroom at the McLeod Residence is one of the best things there. In this picture, a screen where your image is divided up into tiny mosaics, courtesy of the Burtamari Group (name-check needed!). And if you’re longing desperately to wipe your ass, buy “ShitBeGone!” by Brooklyn artist Jed Ela. I highly encourage you to go to the McLeod Residence and check out Jed Ela’s statement on this matter by clicking here.