Photo: Michael Peed, detail of Listening Man, wood and paint, 1997, MAM Collection, purchase with Meadowlark Fund, 1998.06

Good Wood: Carved And Cut From MAM's Permanent Collection

September 25 2015 - March 12 2016

Wood. This versatile and sensual medium has been hacked, carved, chopped, chiseled, and painted on by cultures around the world since time immemorial. Greeting you as you enter the MAM’s Travel Montana Lobby, this selection of artworks from MAM’s permanent collection show just a sample of the range of approaches by woodworking artists. The rough-hewn monumentality of Ursula von Rydingsvard’s Poskubana, the cleverly and energetically woven boughs of Christine Joy’s Tornado, the folksy, polychromatic charm of E. W. Riley and Michael Peed’s animals and figures, and the chiseled dynamism of Russell Childers’ leaping Ram… Each work displays the originality and craftsmanship of each artist, establishing a dialog with the viewer that can be experienced in-the round.

Among the works included in the exhibit were the following:

Christine Joy, Tornado

Ursula von Rydingsvard, Poskubana 

Michael Sarich, Fetish