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Corrugated, a Furniture Exhibition by Brian Gladwell in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery, Visual Arts Building, June 19-24

Date Released: 6/17/2009

"Corrugated" furniture by Brian Gladwell will be exhibited at Purchase College this summer in the Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery of the Purchase College School of Art+Design from June 19- July 24. Admission is free.

The wall sconces, tables, and cabinets all made of carved and shaped corrugated cardboard were created by Brian Gladwell furniture artist-in-residence at Purchase College.

Hours are 10 AM-4 PM, Monday through Friday on the first floor of the Visual Arts Building. Purchase College, State University of New York is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase NY.

As a studio furniture maker Gladwell blends technical savvy and imagination to explore the possibilities of new or overlooked materials for use in furniture. Environmental concerns have brought new attention to common materials.  This results in sophisticated objects that are quite distinct from those produced by production designers or visual artists.

Brian Gladwell was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and studied Political Science at the University of Saskatchewan.  He has been a designer and builder of furniture since 1973 and was appointed Resident Woodworker at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina in 1983.  He organized "Beyond the Object" a touring group exhibition of innovative Canadian crafts for the Saskatchewan Craft Council in 1987. 

Whether constructed of wood or corrugated cardboard, his elegantly conceived and meticulously finished works go beyond the conventional role as pieces of furniture.

He has received awards from the Canada Council and Saskatchewan Arts Board and was featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco in 1990.  His work is in the collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the City of Regina, the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina.

The Windgate Artist-in-Residence Program at the School of Art + Design at Purchase College is an ongoing residency in applied design with an emphasis in studio furniture.  The program is designed to advance the career of practicing artists, to prepare students as professional artists and to strengthen awareness of the significance of applied design.  For information go to www.purchase.edu/art+design

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