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American Decorative Arts
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Maker: Hunt Clark, American, born 1969

BMP 7/08


Bleached maple

20 × 19 × 26 in. (50.8 × 48.26 × 66 cm)
Yale University Art Gallery and Ruth and David Waterbury, B.A. 1958, Fund
Hunt Clark’s wood sculptures owe something to the vessel-form tradition of wood turning, but they move far beyond that. They are, in fact, not turned but shaped with chainsaws, scrapers, and grinders. The techniques that Hunt Clark has developed enable him to create large-scale works with overall open curvilinear forms and with very thin, smooth walls parallel to one another on the interior and exterior, shapes that are otherwise impossible to achieve on a lathe. This approach to working wood is singular to Clark, whose lyrical forms celebrate fluidity and movement.
Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
21st century

“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 134.

Kevin Wallace, “Outside/Inside Continuum: The Convoluted Sculptures of Hunt Clark,” Craft Arts International 75 (2009): 32, ill.

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