Visitors to the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, will have just such an opportunity on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, when they will be able to view not only the exhibit, “Shadow of The Turning: The Art of Binh Pho,” but also to watch a demonstration by the artist of how he creates his work.
Pho will give a woodturning demonstration on the ground floor of the Art Museum from noon – 3pm, Dec. 7, 2014. The artist will demonstrate turning, piercing and airbrushing a thin bowl. Members of the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association will demonstrate other turning projects such as a bowl, goblet, spinning top and pen.
Woodturning is defined as creating wooden objects on a lathe. The craft differs from other forms of woodworking in that the wood is moving while a stationary tool is used to cut and shape it. Many intricate shapes and designs can be made by turning wood.
Woodturning is one of multiple media the artist uses to create his sculptures, which also include art glass and painting. Shadow of the Turning is presented as a fictional, myth-like story which is “illustrated” through Pho’s sculptures and paintings. Each work is a complex creation of delicate shapes and textures and intense colors, often multilayered, with a different view of the sculptures from every angle. Many open or turn to reveal a secret interior space or objects within, creating a sense of mystery in each object.
“I put a soul into every piece I create,” Pho writes in his artist statement. “I don’t make objects; I create characters. . . . Creating figurative and abstract imagery on delicately pierced wood vessels opens the doors for me to share my life and interests. There was a period of time that I looked through the window and asked myself the question, ‘What is it like on the other side of that window?’ I then just let my imagination go.”
Pho’s works are represented in museums and collections around the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the White House Collection of American Crafts, as well as the Musée Art du Bois in Breville, France. His work has been included in dozens of exhibitions, including juried exhibitions, around the country; and he is a frequent lecturer in the art of woodturning in both the United States and Canada.
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sundays, 1 to 4pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For further information call 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).