Curated by Gail M. Brown

Nov. 2, 2012 – Feb 2, 2013 (extended to Feb 16)

In the exhibition gallery below you can read details of each work by clicking on the “i” icon located in the upper right corner of each image slide. To enter the full screen mode click on the “FS” icon located in the lower right corner.

YOUR PERSONAL HANG-UPS (Nov 2, 2012 – Feb 02, 2013)

[img src=]17420Bonnie J. Bishoff & J.M. Syron
Understory, 2012
Solid cherry, polymer clay veneer
60 x 30 x 17"

[img src=]9830Christine Enos
Code Rings, 2012
Cherry, douglas fir
72 x 30 x 30"

[img src=]8670Craig Nutt
Hung up on Sophie, 2012
Wood, steel
36 x 25 x 9 1/2"

[img src=]10200Michael de Forest
Area 51, 2012
Wood: solid & veneer, paint
41 x 47 x 13"

[img src=]9550Michael J. Brolly
These Are a Few of My Unfinished Things…Lat-ta-ta-da…lat-tat-ta-da…lat-tat-ta-da-da, 2012
Bubinga, cypress, red gum, rosewood, ebony, bronze, glass
25 1/2 x 6 x 21 1/2 in.
Birds eye maple, red gum, mahogany, ebony, various veneers
27 x 7 x 5 in.
$6,000 for set
Ash, red gum, ebony, bone
27 x 6 1/2 x 3 in.
$6,000 for set

[img src=]6790Thomas M. Huang
Hangin’ Low, 2012
48 x 48 x 8

[img src=]5990Sarah Martin
The Fraud (Living up to History), 2012
Plywood, gesso, paint, graphite
Table- 32 x 39 x 21"
Mirror- 57 3/4 x 32 1/2 x 3"

[img src=]5650Brent Skidmore
The 5 Places In Bumpy Love. Can You See Yourslef?, 2012
Poplar, mirror
22 x 62 x 2"

[img src=]4720Don Miller
Plommet, 2012
White oak, bronze
16 x 12 x 12

[img src=]10830Christina Boy
“put it in the barn”, 2012
Locally harvested cherry, reclaimed walnut and barnwood, roofing metal, plywood.
85 x 21 1/4 x 14 1/2”

[img src=]9720Mark Del Guidice
Hangkey P., 2012
Walnut, pearwood, ash, mahogany, cherry, bubunga, basswood, white oak, wenge, birds eye maple, madrone burl, milk paint
68 x 15 x 12”

[img src=]8410Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen
Lift, 2008
Unsteamed orchard pear wood
60 x 28 x 19”

[img src=]8000Brian Ferrell
Telephone Desk, 2012
Mahogany, maple, rubber, steel hinge
28 x 62 x 17”

[img src=]7840Amy Forsyth
Music Table, 2012
Cherry, walnut, milk painted walnut
18 x 21 x 55”

[img src=]7990Rachel Fuld
Ossements, 2012
Mahogany, milk paint
8 ½ x 8 ½ x 4 ½” each
$175 each

[img src=]8010Reagan Furqueron
Walking Stick Caddy, 2012
Poplar, mahogany, milk/acrylic paint
Caddy with Sticks: 49 x 7 ½ x 7 ½”
Walking Sticks: 40 x 2 ½ x 2 ½” each
$3,600 complete set
$500 per walking stick

[img src=]7520Duncan Gowdy
Autumn, 2010
Walnut, brass
67 x 63 x 5”

[img src=]7550Peter Handler
Coat Rack, 2012
Oxidized aluminum
80 x Dia. 14”

[img src=]7440Katie Hudnall
The H.M.S. Katie, 2012
Found & salvaged wood, hardware, springs, string, paint, ink, lacquer, wax.
33 x 9 x 3”

[img src=]7260Matt Hutton
Vestigial Landmark, 2012
Douglas fir, ash
26 x 8 x 8 ¼”

[img src=]7380Jack Larimore
Balance Is A Verb, 2012
Salvaged wood, plaster
49 x 46 x 18”

[img src=]7120Tom Loeser
5 Up/5 Down, 2012
Wood, paint
15 ¼ x 5 x 5”

[img src=]6980Tom Loeser
Parked, 2012
Wood, paint
10 3/8 x 3 ½ x 3 1/8”

[img src=]6990Bob Marsh
Stake, 2012
Mixed media
76 x 49 x 35”

[img src=]7010Alphonse Mattia
Sister Four Eyes, 2007-8
Swedish pear wood, bleached curly maple, ebonized walnut, bloodwood
68 x 22 x 18”

[img src=]6830Alison J. McLennan
Miró, Miró, 2012
Wood, powder coated steel, 24K gold-plated brass, colorcore, gouche, acrylic paint, 23K gold leaf, LED lights, clock mechanism
74 ½ x 30 ½ x 15”

[img src=]6750Dean Pulver
HERE, 2012
Dyed walnut
82 x 32 x 27”

[img src=]6980Cory Robinson
Beyond Vernacular, 2012
Reclaimed coat tree hooks, salvaged barn siding, walnut, paint
30 x 32 x 9”

[img src=]6640Gabriel L. Romeu
Personal Hangups, all natural, 2012
Aluminum, tree, abs, limestone, steel, glass, silver leaf, fiberglass
Various sizes
8 feet, 24 x 24

[img src=]7020Sylvie Rosenthal
Out to See, 2010
Poplar, mahogany, milk paint
49 x 13 x 29”

[img src=]6760Mitch Ryerson
Hall Tree, 2012
Maple, ash, oak
6 foot x 18” x 18”

[img src=]6550Paul M. Sasso
Enigma of Vanity, 2011-12
Acrylic on poplar and basswood, baltic birch plywood, altered steel spikes
50 x 26 ½ x 3”
$57,000 (which is what Mitt Romney makes in one day)

[img src=]6740Mark Sfirri
PHU: Lunar Pad Foot, 2012
Curly cherry
68 ½ x 22 x 19”

[img src=]6440Tommy Simpson
The House of ERrOrS, 2011
25 x 16 x 11”
Mixed woods, zinc patched roof, brass nails

[img src=]6570Travis Townsend
Some Sort of Personal Hangup (with dead birdie-bomb cabinet), 2003-2012
Wood, paint, string, clamps, mixed media
55 x 12 x 13”

[img src=]6520Steve Whittlesey
Hi Honey, I’m Home, 2012
Repurposed ironing board, miscellaneous handles, spool bed, rolling pin, “comfort” knobs carved by the artist
11 x 45 x 12”

[img src=]6650Kim Winkle
Sprout Coat Rack, 2012
Polychrome poplar, maple
72 x 16 x 16”

[img src=]6600Kim Winkle
The Pair: South Union, 2012
Polychrome cherry, poplar, hand-forged steel
10 x 18 x 6” each

[img src=]7130Leah Woods
Untitled #2: Dress Form In Amarillo, 2011
Walnut, amarillo, plywood
60 x 29 x 22”

Gail M. Brown asked artists to explore inventive forms inspired by their individual interpretation of “personal hang ups”- both as functional and conceptual ideas. Not to be confused simply with lifelong neuroses, but suggested by practical considerations which serve functions in our daily lives, each maker responded with thoughtful, witty and unexpected alternatives for the containment of our material possessions.

Artists in YOUR PERSONAL HANG-UPS: Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron; Christina Boy; Michael T. Brolly; Michael de Forest; Mark DelGuidice; Christine Enos; Ashley Eriksmoen; Brian Ferrell; Amy Forsyth; Rachel Fuld; Reagan Furqueron; Duncan Gowdy; Peter Handler; Thomas Huang; Katie Hudnall; Matt Hutton; Jack Larimore; Tom Loeser; Bob Marsh; Sarah Martin; Alphonse Mattia; Alison McLennan; Don Miller; Craig Nutt; Dean Pulver; Corey Robinson; Gabriel L. Romeu; Sylvie Rosenthal; Mitch Ryerson; Paul Sasso; Mark Sfirri; Tommy Simpson; Brent Skidmore; Travis Townsend; Steve Whittlesey; Kim Winkle; and Leah Woods.



Gail M. Brown Curator Statement:

Internationally, handmade objects for domestic spaces offer insight about the time and place. In addition to serving a tribal function, they enrich the sense of particular history and cultural identity. Well-crafted, contemporary objects hold the same promise of visual and tactile significance: in the best scenario one can anticipate an experience of compelling seduction and ongoing resonance, by the artists’ individually and as a group overview. Certain unique works defy the vagaries of commercial fashion; they endure and mark the makers’ individuality and visual voices.

Sometimes these objects begin with an invitation, an external, unlimited provocation from a curator to a themed exhibition: a challenge. Ideally, once taken hold, the artist’s ongoing ideas develop into an authentic, inspired extension of their recognizable vocabulary incorporating that something new, which the inviter was hoping to stimulate. This assimilation can result in both familiar yet unexpected forms (for maker and curator alike). In the evolution of a group exhibition, the curator seeks to attract the potential diversity of ideas and experience which her wish list of carefully selected, particular artists promises. Acceptances pile up, reiterating enthusiasm and the seeds of ideas. And rarely is she disappointed. Everyone is a vital page in the story the curator hopes to chronicle.

This exhibition topic, YOUR PERSONAL HANG-UPS, was conceived with open ended expectations, to entice layers of interpretation, personal riffs and then unexpected resolutions, as well as optional intentions, references and emphasis on or degrees of functionality, the still-present cornerstone of the Decorative Arts continuum.

Excerpts from the invitation:

I am interested in your personal hang-ups:
not your lifetime neuroses
but your (ideal) hat, coat and/or clothes tree or hanger,
wall hooks, free standing pole, rack, stand or small wall system.
And/or perhaps a companion cane and/or umbrella stand.

We all need visual and organizational ‘cues’ in our domestic environments to enhance and support our personal material culture. What could be more enticing to attract those cues than a unique clothes tree/hanger/pole ….a linear form of grace, personality and function in your visual vocabulary to lure attention and a hands-on relationship……..a well conceived and beautifully crafted object of utility and grace, combined with aesthetic interest as the best of craft traditions share…a seductive object with intended tactile interaction…an object to entice our conscious appreciation and heightened awareness of the repetitive task: a useful object of imagination, invention and function… an object of come-hither attraction to non-verbally remind us of the inherently personal relationship with handmade, unique objects in the decorative arts continuum……

This is to invite your participation with one inventive form addressing this challenge for a group exhibition I am curating at the Wood Turning Center ( the invitation was issued in 2010, prior to the name change to the Center For Art In Wood) in Philadelphia.
YOUR PERSONAL HANG-UPS is scheduled for exhibition November 2012- February 2013. I do hope this entices your interest. I have known and watched your stellar ideas and forms evolve. I am excited by the potential of this functional form- a “hang-up”- as a springboard for your vocabulary. I am inviting masters, mid-career artists and introducing emerging makers. I envision an exhibition with a tantalizing array of objects to serve everyday, domestic, organizational functions. With your participation, the results will consciously enhance the dullest day! I do hope your interest has been whetted and honed.

Thank you for your consideration.
Gail M. Brown Curator of Contemporary Craft

As intended, the title and description led to a range of intelligent, serious, refined or quirky, satiric and audacious interpretations, from the familiar to the funky, the known to the new, from utility to the unexpected; and diverse materials and kinds of objects. The quixotic title seemed to provide permission and opportunity for some, well known for studio furniture, to stray from functionality to works of conceptual commentary about life issues. These new sculptural forms with roots embedded in utility offer witty, intellectual reflections about the dual/parallel definitions of ‘hang-ups.’

Many works are titled and all are accompanied by artist statements- from brief introductions to heartfelt personal narratives; from references to craft and art history to deeply personal references.

After experiencing the exhibition as a gallery viewer, one will be enticed to explore the back story of chosen makers to discover rivetingly imaginative bodies of earlier work crafted in wood and other companionable materials, resumes of masterful length, others of mid-career accomplishment and introductions to emerging artists.

Some makers have revisited and refined ongoing vocabularies, others pushed ahead to topple and expand the familiar to become the something new. To that investigation, one could perhaps ask “what makes an object “compelling?” And what makes work “memorable?” The answers would be entwined with one’s own responses and musings on the implicit pleasures of both the presence and daily use of these kinds of handmade, one-of-a-kind forms.

The breath and diversity of YOUR PERSONAL HANG-UPS also illustrates the richness of imaginative possibilities: explore the concepts, read the titles and artist statements, consider the forms, the personalities and visual vocabularies, imagine the function fulfilled, appreciate the craftsmanship and savor the essence: the resolve and the “unexpectedness” this curator always anticipates.

ALL are surely ‘hung up’ on their ideas.
All celebrate our tactile, domestic material culture.
All invite our experience: Please touch and interact.
We are visually seduced, wildly enticed and expected to do so.

- Gail M. Brown, Curator