EXHIBITIONS :: UPCOMING
Precision Cut
September 5-October 26, 2014
Steve Keeble and Stefanie Kirkland, co-curators
Opening Reception:  
September 5, 6-8pm, Delmar Loop

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"Curvutura" by Peter Exton

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"Alluring" by Keith Holt

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"Ailanthus" by Todd Hoyer

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"Off Course" by Leah Woods

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"Leaf Cluster" by Peter Exton

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"Charming" by Keith Holt

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"Chained" by Todd Hoyer

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"Challenge #1" by Leah Woods

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"Leaf Cluster" top view by Peter Exton

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"Eccentric Singing Sphere" by Keith Holt

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"Chained" by Todd Hoyer

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"Challenge #2" by Leah Woods

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"Rough Turning" by Peter Exton

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"Due Toak 4" by Keith Holt

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"Untitled-Mesquite" by Todd Hoyer

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"Distraction" by Leah Woods

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"Sluice" by Peter Exton

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"Untitled" by Todd Hoyer

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"Distraction detail" by Leah Woods

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"Sluiced" detail by Peter Exton

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"Stretch S Dyed" by Peter Exton

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"Stretch S Dyed" detail by Peter Exton

Precision Cut features four artists whose work in wood transcends the process of turning on a lathe. Each artist explores various tools and techniques to create the clean lines and precise cuts that help define their work. Featuring Peter Exton, Keith Holt, Todd Hoyer, and Leah K. Woods.

Across the Grain
FREE poetry Reading in the Gallery
Saturday, October 11, 4pm
Lit in the Lou Poetry Event
Presented by St. Louis Poetry Center
 
How many times in our lives do we feel we have achieved accuracy? The artists in this exhibition strive to achieve exactness, precision and accuracy in their work.  Precision Cut examines the work of four contemporary artists who make sculptural work that masters traditional lathe techniques and work that pushes beyond tradition.

For over 20 years, Peter Exton has been drawn to patterns created in Islamic design. When looking down onto the top of one of his sculptures, one sees overlapping shapes in patterns that echo Islamic geometry.  Exton’s vocabulary for his technique is “turning diamonds”. Working with multiple pieces of wood cut on the lathe and then inverted, he cuts much like a diamond cutter.  The viewer’s eye weaves through and around his work, looking with delight and wonder for a starting point and an ending point in his seemingly infinite designs. 

Keith Holt approaches his work with a meditative eye on the human form and the natural world. His work is calming and quiet.  Before pursuing his studio practice in 2006, Holt was a gymnast. Like the movement of the body in a gymnastic maneuver, Holt uses multi-axis turning and carving to create his work. Movement and space and the symbiotic relationship between sculpture and space are central to his work. 

For over 30 years Todd Hoyer has investigated time in his studio practice. His work is a personal journal of his life. He works on the lathe, using a single piece of wood to create each work. Hoyer then weathers his work by exposing it to the elements.  He often leaves a sculpture to weather for almost two years before bringing it back into the studio to finish. Combining wood, steel and rust, his sculptures establish a dialogue between the manufactured and the natural.

Leah Woods’s wall pieces are maps, not of specific places, rather of human experience. Through line, curve and shadow, the viewer is encouraged to connect and empathize with the emotions experienced in these journeys. Creating a play of push and pull, she carefully cuts and bends the materials to create a drawing in space.

Precise design, precise technique and precise expression dominate the gallery as this very familiar and everyday material - wood - speaks to many different ideas and narratives.  In each artist’s work, the approach is refined and accurate.  


                                                            - Steve Keeble & Stefanie Kirkland
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