Take A Seat!
"Lath Last"Website: www.gary-orlinsky.squarespace.com
Artist's StatementIn 1937, Orville Owens obtained a patent for a method to bend plywood. The chairs that the artists received were Owen’s offspring but the seat was barely recognizable as a natural material. In Lath Last, I have reintroduced wood as the dominant element in the chair form but then took it a step further by including a shoe last and wooden hat mold to stand in for the chair’s occupant.
Gary Olinsky is a sculptor who lives and works in Leverett, Massachusetts. He is a well-known public artist, whose site-specific installations have been shown in museums, parks and gardens throughout the United States – such as the Mount, Edith Wharton House; the Berkshire Museum; Acton Arboretum; Boston’s Children’s Museum; the Atrium at Dartmouth College; the Evanston Art Center near Chicago; and Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston. During the off-season he works on smaller scale assemblages and private commissions. He has led workshops at the Chautauqua Institute, for American University in Corciano, Italy; the Smith College Museum of Art; and other sites and institutions. He currently teaches sculpture at Assumption College in Worchester and in the Commonweath College Honor’s Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.