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Wood Statements by Paul Kaptein

Sculptor Paul Kaptein slides, carves & assembles laminated wood panels to build wordless statements about our current world.

Paul’s desire to work in wood seems perfectly natural to me. That Paul has decided to use laminated wood only enhances this feeling – the panels slip and slide, creating their own holes which exasperate the gaps in the fabric of the universe. The spaces allow us time to catch our breath. Paul’s work, though remixing the present, gives us (at least) two turns to capture the moment.
- Dr. Ric Spencer

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Zaha Hadid, with  Giovanni Scacchi. “An interpretation of the Ideal House pavilion commissioned in 2007, the ZHA doll’s house is a puzzle offering many possibilities to play and experiment in creating an endless variety of unique compositions. Voids are interpreted as new unique rooms or courtyards for dolls to inhabit.” Noce Canaletto Americano wood, Perspex. Winning bid: £14,000

Ladder for Booker T. Washington, 1996

Martin Puryear

A master woodworker who studied carpentry, Martin Puryear makes expressive sculpture that often reveals a humble focus on human touch and the craft tradition of woodwork. The artist has created a number of works that relate to African American history, including Ladder for Booker T. Washington.

Washington, one of the most powerful and controversial African Americans at the turn of the century, advocated self-advancement through discipline and hard work. However, he rejected the pursuit of politics and social equality for black Americans in favor of developing vocational and domestic skills. Although he was well-respected within the African American community at large, Washington’s viewpoints were adamantly opposed by some African American intellectuals, who believed that without being politically active, significant equal rights and economic gains were unattainable. The ladder has multiple associations, and Puryear’s homage to Booker T. Washington might include several of these—ambition, hierarchy, or the impossibility of reaching the top.

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bright beads ‘aztek’ pendant light by marzdesignsshop

smoked ash wood shapes are combined in an eclectic array and strung from a pendant light for a unique finished home decor piece that will add to any room in your house or apartment. many other designs (and wood hues!) available at this sweet design shop!

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STEAL OF THE WEEK: mini wooden treasure pot by windandwillowhome

the perfect teeny vessel for all your treasures. or, repurpose this cute little guy for a unique engagement ring or tooth fairy box! only $9.