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AAW PRESS RELEASE: Symbiosis unites wood and wool at exhibition of textile sculptures (01/10/2018)

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Symbiosis unites wood and wool at exhibition of textile sculptures

Colony, 2017, Kimber Olson
Catalan Fertility, 2007, Alain Mailland 
(Saint Paul, January 10, 2018)--The American Association of Woodturners' (AAW) Gallery of Wood Art will host Bound by Nature, an exhibition of sculptural wool art inspired by symbiotic partnerships in woodland environments. The textile works by guest artist Kimber Olson will be complemented by Art from the Lathe, featuring sculptural work in wood from the AAW permanent collection.

Exhibition dates: January 21 - February 18, 2018
Opening reception: Sunday, January 21, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 12 - 3 p.m.

AAW Gallery of Wood Art
222 Landmark Center
75 5th Street West
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Free and open to audiences of all ages.

Mutuality abounds in woodland environments. It also explains why an exhibition of textiles in a venue that specializes in wood art may not be as unlikely a prospect as it seems. The AAW Gallery of Wood Art will host an exhibition of wool sculptures that are premised on mutuality, a type of symbiotic relationship where two distinct species work cooperatively to the benefit of both. Kimber Olson's textiles reference organisms like lichens, mycorrhizal root networks, and more. Lichens are made up of algae and fungi. The algae benefit the fungi by providing nutrients through the process of photosynthesis, and the fungi provide protection and humidity for the algae to thrive.

Organic materials are at the core of woodturners' and Olson's art. Trees are the source of art from the lathe. Wool is the principal material in Olson's art, however, the works are thematically tied to woodlands. Organic, sustainable and biodegradable - wool is an ideal material for art that explores ecological processes. Olson' art includes traditional and nuno felt, a process in which cloth and wool are combined to produce highly textured surfaces evocative of living organisms. And in a nod to the woodturners, Olson integrated wood into some of her works.

Kimber Olson aims to deepen understanding of how nature works and inspire commitment to the environment through her art. Infusing traditional hand processes with contemporary twists, Olson explores organic processes to mine themes of temporality, interdependency, and regeneration. Bound by Nature was made possible by a 2017 Artist Initiative grant Kimber Olson received from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Located in downtown Saint Paul's historic Landmark Center, the Gallery of Wood Art offers an often surprising and always engaging view of contemporary works created in wood. Although all pieces on exhibit have been at least partially created on a lathe, the diversity of techniques, subjects, materials and ideas of each artist keeps each exhibit fresh and engaging. The Gallery of Wood Art also features educational exhibits, a display of vintage lathes, and a gallery gift store offering turned items, books and DVDs. To learn more, visit http://www.galleryofwoodart.org/

About AAW
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) is a Minnesota nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, headquartered in Saint Paul, dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide by providing opportunities for education, information, and organization to those interested in turning wood. Established in 1986, AAW currently has nearly 16,000 members and a worldwide network of more than 350 local chapters representing professionals, amateurs, gallery owners, collectors, and wood/tool suppliers. The AAW possesses the single largest collection of woodturning information anywhere and its award-winning journal, American Woodturner is the foremost publication on the art and craft of woodturning in the world. To learn more, visit http://www.woodturner.org/.

High resolution images may be downloaded at http://www.woodturner.org/?page=MediaKitJanuary2018.

Tib Shaw,Curator

Kimber Olson is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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