"Hanging in the Balance," a sculpture by Wendell Castle, was created in 2002 and acquired in 2003 by the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. An overturned bronze chair rests on a pillow molded from jelutong wood. The dark chair provides a stark contrast with the trompe l'oeil beige pillow.
Spencer Museum of Art director Saralyn Reece Hardy and artist Wendell Castle during a visit to Castle's studio.
"Dark Wish," by Wendell Castle (stained ash with oil finish, 2012)
"What We Know" and "What We Dream," by Wendell Castle (stained ash with oil finish, 2012)
"A Secret of a Few," by Wendell Castle (stained ash with oil finish, 2012)
"Curious Paradox," by Wendell Castle (nine tables made of stained ash with oil finish, 2012). This piece was part of the recent "Wendell Castle: Volumes and Voids" exhibit at Barry Friedman Ltd. in New York City. The gallery billed the exhibit this way: "Multiple dimensions are explored as Castle expands on the possibilities of voids and volumes. Castle augments, re-configures, and gives girth to many familiar shapes — mirror-image chairs, a settee, desk and tables — and the end result is of a new magnitude — fluidly merged, amorphous elements form surprisingly functional furniture."
"A New Environment" by Wendell Castle, an installation of stack-laminated pieces spanning two stories was recently exhibited at Friedman Benda in New York City. According to the gallery: "Inviting dreamers to imagine, Castle incorporates seating pieces, a table, a lamp and a spiral staircase leading to a nest resembling a tree house. A culmination of Castle’s own history of ideas and the resolution of formidable technical challenges, this dynamic environment offers Castle’s public a bewitching play of abstraction, function, and fantasy."
Artist Wendell Castle, often called the father of the art furniture movement, announced that he would give this work to Kansas University's Spencer Museum of Art. The polychromed fiberglass sculpture, entitled "Nirvana," was created in 2007. It is the third in a series of eight "Nirvana" chairs. KU honored Castle, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees from KU, with an honorary doctorate degree in 2013.
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