The Collector: New Work by Haley Woodward
September 8th – 25th
“The Collector” is a loose narrative about a robot, or a mech, a self portrait collecting unique examples of ornamental morphology in steel.
“The Collector” begins with an opening reception on September 8th at 7pm and will be open to the public during weekend gallery hours from September 10th through the 25th on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm.
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.