Larry Stevenson, "Asteroid Shower," 2005, textured cedar, base with quilted maple sculptured element, 12" x 18".
LARRY STEVENSON, Small Treasures
TU Gallery, Edmonton
Feb 16 - Mar 25, 2006
By Gilbert A. Bouchard
Happy accidents played a major role in the development of Larry Stevenson’s career as a woodturner. For example, Stevenson initially took up woodturning as a hobby back in the mid 70s because he had time on his hands and wanted to build himself a bedroom set. “I started turning wood just at the time it was becoming an artform.” Rapidly tiring of working only with the small, rectangular chunks of kiln-dried wood commercially available for woodturning, the woodworker decided to experiment with chunks of firewood he had hanging around his house. “Green wood had more resistance, a totally different feel on the lathe,” says the self-taught artist. “Then I found a piece of spalted poplar (wood run through by black lines caused by bacterial infection) that ended up being totally beautiful when it was turned. I was hooked. With a lot of my pieces, I’m striving to make the wood look like glass. I want people to look and think for a second that it doesn’t belong to the medium,” he says.
Represented by: Crafthouse Gallery, Vancouver; Oh Brothers Gallery, Vancouver; TU Gallery, Edmonton.