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Gary Johnson

Artwork Details

Gary Johnson
maple, paela, bloodwood
10 x 7 1/2 in. (25.4 x 19.05 cm)
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen

On Display

Not currently on display


Gary Johnson, a retired aerospace engineer, did not begin to turn wood seriously until 1992. His pieces are assembled by stacking and gluing a series of wooden rings upon each other. Through the use of mixed woods, his vessels create a segmented, woven patterning inspired by American Indian baskets and pottery.
#97-18, comparable to the geometric design of Michael Mode’s Akbar’s Bounty, reflects this patterning through its use of contrasting woods. Johnson incorporated 1,730 pieces of maple, paela and bloodwood to create the illusion of a spiraling mosaic patterns. A piece which demands great skill, time, and effort, #97-18 not only demonstrates Johnson’s appreciable skill and accuracy, but also his creative ability to combine multiple woods to create an integrated, dynamic work.
from the exhibition Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, June 12 – October 3, 2004

Physical Description:

wood vase with geometric patterning that wraps across a top-bottom, left-right diagonal

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