Benthos, New Work by Haley Woodward

Opening Reception – February 22nd

 
Benthos is the community of organisms that live on, in, or near the seabed, also known as the benthic zone. This body of work uses these strange and adaptable life forms as influence for sculptural forms. This series created by local artist Haley Woodward will kick off at Dimension Gallery with an opening reception on February 22nd from 6 to 9pm and will be on view every Saturday from 12 to 5pm from February 24th through March 31st. Dimension Gallery is located at 979 Springdale Rd, #99.


After achieving his BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College and his MFA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University, Woodward has traveled the country creating and displaying his metal sculpture. Woodward’s work is generated by an exploration of working properties of metal, specifically iron, steel and brass. He applies traditional and modern techniques to these materials, to create sculptural forms. At the same time, Woodward makes sculptural forms as a means to work with and better understand metal. Iron, steel, and brass give a pallet of colors, textures, and physical properties that allow a variety of options when making work. These materials come with their own histories within the context of the human experience. Starting as technical challenges and investigations into the process of blacksmithing, new forms and process become illuminated, and new sculptural ideas tend to follow. More often then not, this leads to more technical challenges and the drama continues. Technique inspired by the work, and work inspired by technique.

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